ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iran’s Consul General in Iraq’s southern city of Basra on Tuesday said his country would take a serious stance over any assault on Iraqi citizens inside Iran.
During a press conference at the Iranian consulate in Basra, Iranian Consul General Ahmad Siahpoosh said the central government in Tehran and Iranian people, in general, would “not stand for any aggression on visitors” and would “punish those who do.”
“There are cases of theft and aggression on visitors between both Iran and Iraq as it is the nature of tourism even in western countries; however, the government takes great concern in any incident of the sort and will severely punish the perpetrators,” Siahpoosh added.
The Consul General’s remarks came after an Iranian officer reportedly attacked a 50-year-old Iraqi female traveler at an airport in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad on Aug. 18.
The victim described the incident in a video widely circulated on social media. The woman is seen in the footage with a black eye and is visibly upset while she recounts the incident. Many Iraqis extended comments of sympathy to the woman and called for action against the alleged attacker.
Iraq’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement following the incident asking Tehran to prosecute the security officer involved.
Mashhad, in Razavi Khorasan province, is the second-most populous city in Iran and is a significant pilgrimage destination for Shia Muslims due to religious shrines located there.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany