Iran summons UAE envoy over parade attack comments

Pauline Gross
September 25, 2018

The attack in Ahvaz took place on the eve of President Rohani scheduled departure for NY to attend the United Nations General Assembly. "I would like to confirm our readiness to continue building cooperation with Iranian partners in resisting this evil", the Russian leader added. "We will overcome this situation (sanctions) and America will regret choosing the wrong path".

The British charge d'affaires "was told that it is not acceptable that the spokesman for the mercenary Al-Ahwazi group be allowed to claim responsiblity for this terrorist act through a London-based TV network", said the ministry's spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi.

The ministry did not disclose the writer's name or the controversial comments.

Those behind the terrorist attack at the Ahvaz military parade will face "unforgettable vengeance", Iran's Revolutionary Guards said, as Tehran persists in accusing Washington and its regional allies of orchestrating the assault. Saddam Hussein was hoping that its soldiers would be greeted as liberators by the arab population, but showed on the whole loyal to Iran. Women and children fled for their lives.

Of those killed, at least eight are believed to be members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard.

Trump ripped up a global deal on Iran's nuclear program in May and his administration is snapping back sanctions on the Islamic Republic, including measures on its oil exports from November 4. Iran has ruled this out.

Shi'ite Iran is at odds with Western-allied Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia for predominance in the Middle East. The regional superpowers support opposing sides in the civil wars in Yemen and Syria as well as rival political groups in Iraq and Lebanon.

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"They are fed by saudi Arabia, and they have tried to overshadow the power of the armed forces", the iranian, he added.

His remarks could refer to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates or Bahrain - all close U.S. military allies that consider Iran a menace because of its support for militant groups in the Middle East.

Iranian ethnic Arab group Ahvaz National Resistance and Daesh both claimed responsibility for the rare assault in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, but Iranian officials are blaming "a foreign regime" backed by the United States.

"One of the southern countries in the Persian Gulf is backing them financially, providing equipment and political support", Rouhani said.

The separatist group the Patriotic Arab Democratic Movement in Ahwaz claimed responsibility for this attack. The area has seen multiple attacks on oil pipelines by Arab separatists in the past, and Arab residents have been the target of several mass arrests and government crackdowns in the past.

Al-Tostari said the attack undermined the Iranian government "on the day it wants to give a message to the world that it is powerful and in control".

Other reports by GizPress

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