Egypt expresses 'full solidarity' with Azerbaijan after attack on its embassy in Tehran

Ahram Online , Friday 27 Jan 2023

Egypt has expressed its "full solidarity" with Azerbaijan after Friday's attack on its embassy in Tehran that killed its security chief and injured two guards.

The building of the Azerbaijan Embassy
The building of the Azerbaijan Embassy is seen in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. A man armed with a Kalashnikov-style rifle stormed the Azerbaijan Embassy in Iran s capital Friday, killing the head of security at the diplomatic post and wounding two guards, authorities said. AP


Spokesman for the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Abu Zeid extended his condolences to the government and people of Azerbaijan over the killing of a staff member of its embassy.

"We affirm Egypt's full solidarity with Azerbaijan in this painful incident," Abu Zeid tweeted.

The attack was carried out by a man armed with a Kalashnikov as per a statement released on Friday by Azerbaijan's foreign ministry.

Tehran said the assailant who carried out the attack was motivated by "personal" reasons.

However, Azerbaijani foreign ministry spokesman Ayxan Hacizada told local media that the responsibility for the attack lies with Iran.

Hacizada added a recent anti-Azerbaijani campaign in Iranian media had "encouraged the attack," reported AFP.

Following the attack, Azerbaijan said it was evacuating staff from its embassy in Tehran.

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