Iran decries Turkish Consulate seizure in Iraq
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani - AP

TEHRAN: Iran has condemned recent acts of terrorism in Iraq, including the seizure of the Turkish Consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, by militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), IRNA reported.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham expressed deep concern over the takeover of the consulate and abduction of its staff, urging respect for and protection of the rights of diplomatic places and their personnel.

The militants kidnapped the Turkish consul general and 24 other staff members working at the consulate on June 11.

She further called on the international community to consider the consequences of foreign support for such terrorist groups, warning that these groups contribute to regional instability, whose repercussions will grip the entire region and even the whole world.

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