TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned and voiced concern over the seizure of the Turkish Consulate Office in the Northern Iraqi city of Mosul and abduction of its staff by ISIL terrorists.
Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham in a statement on Wednesday asked for respecting the diplomatic immunity of the diplomatic centers and their staffs.
She also called for the attention of the international society to the negative aftermaths of certain governments’ support for such terrorist groups and the role they are playing in destabilizing the region, which will eventually lead to the loss of the whole region, and even the international peace and stability.
Afkham also voiced the Islamic Republic of Iran’s resolute support for the Iraqi government and people in their campaign against terrorism.
She asked for preservation of the Iraqi nation’s unity and solidarity in confrontation with those terrorist attacks, and expressed the hope that relying on national unity, peace and stability will be reestablished in Iraq as soon as possible.
Militants seized the Turkish consulate in the Northern Iraqi city of Mosul and efforts are under way to ensure the safety of diplomatic staff, two Turkish government sources said on Wednesday.
Terrorists from an Al-Qaeda splinter group, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), seized Mosul on Tuesday.
Turkey has promised to retaliate if any of its citizens are harmed in Iraq, after 49 members of the Turkish consulate in Mosul were abducted by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
The Turkish government said on Wednesday that diplomats, staff, security guards and three children were held by ISIL fighters and efforts were being made to ensure their release.
It brings to 80 the number of Turkish citizens being held by ISIL. On Tuesday, the group abducted 31 Turkish lorry drivers as it took control of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city.
“ISIL members managed to kidnap the Turkish consul,” an unnamed Iraqi police colonel told the AFP news agency, adding that an ISIL fighter had told him those held were “safe” and would be moved to a “safer place”.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, held an emergency meeting with security and military officers to discuss the response to the raid, Turkish media reported.