Incidents in Herat and Kabul were aimed at undermining Iran-Afghanistan relations: interior minister
TEHRAN – The attacks on Iranian diplomatic missions in Afghanistan were aimed at sowing discord between the two neighboring countries, Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on Tuesday evening.
These measures are aimed at severing relations between Iran and Afghanistan, Vahidi.
“Some seek to divide Iran and Afghanistan, and that is the enemy’s plan,” Vahidi told reporters.
The minister added that these acts are “pre-planned”.
Referring to the long history and good relations between the two countries, he said the Iranians have always been “good hosts” for Afghan refugees, and that the attempts in Herat and Kabul were “unacceptable” and aimed almost sure to cause convulsions.
“Iran has always been a good host for Afghan refugees and the actions of certain individuals in Herat and Kabul are unacceptable,” Vahidi said.
He went on to say that “Afghan officials should deal with these issues.”
On Monday, Iranian diplomatic missions in Kabul, the Afghan capital, and Herat, the country’s third largest city, were attacked.
A small group of Afghans gathered outside the Iranian embassy in Kabul, and a larger group gathered outside the Iranian consulate in Herat, chanting slogans and throwing stones at the building.
They attempted to enter the consulate but were unsuccessful after the governor of Herat intervened. After Taliban troops and consulate guards opened fire in the air, they dispersed.
According to some sources in Herat, the event was provoked by two groups: the Afghan Freedom and Justice Movement and the Women Vigilantes, both of whom were supported by the West before the Taliban rule. According to reports, these organizations have called for protests in the coming days.
In a recent interview, Iran’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, Bahador Aminian, warned that “a plot is brewing”.
Iranian government spokesman Ali Bahadori Jahromi reacted to the incidents on Wednesday, saying that Iran and Afghanistan share a common civilization, cultural history and values and that these constitute formidable obstacles against plots aimed at driving a wedge between the two nations.
He also said the long years of “benevolent coexistence” between Iranian and Afghan refugees is an example of strong ties between Iranians and Afghans.
Iran has been home to millions of Afghans since the Soviet invasion of the Central Asian country in 1980.