Iran should've fulfilled its obligations to ensure the security of the Azerbaijani Embassy, Trend reports via the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan.
"We strongly condemn the treacherous terrorist act against the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Islamic Republic of Iran. As the country where the embassy is located, the Iranian side had to fulfill its obligations under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations to ensure the security of the embassy and its employees," said the statement.
According to the ministry, attempts to threaten Azerbaijan's diplomatic mission in Iran have been made before, and issues of preventing such cases in Iran and taking measures to ensure the security of Azerbaijan's diplomatic missions have been constantly raised.
"Unfortunately, the latest bloody terrorist attack demonstrates the serious consequences of not paying due attention to our urgent appeals in this direction. We believe that the recent anti-Azerbaijani campaign in Iran has prompted similar attacks on our diplomatic mission. We strongly demand that the criminals who committed this terrorist attack, as well as the perpetrators of this bloody act, be identified as soon as possible and punished in the most severe way," the ministry added.
The ministry said that the Azerbaijani side will use all the opportunities provided by the relevant international mechanisms to ensure that the perpetrators are identified and receive a decent punishment. It is planned to take appropriate measures to evacuate embassy staff and their family members in the situation that arose as a result of the terrorist attack.
An armed attack took place at the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Iran on January 27, 2023, at about 8:30 (GMT+4). The gunman turned out to be a man in his 50's, who drove up to the administrative building, armed with a Kalashnikov automatic rifle.
Earlier reports from the Chief of Tehran police said there were two children in the car with the gunman, the security camera footage released later proved the man was alone. He entered the building after briefly waving hand to the Iranian security guard outside. No attempts were made to detain the gunman, as he freely entered the embassy. The man managed to kill the head of the security service and wounding two embassy guards. The shooter was eventually detained. The incident is currently being investigated.