Iran summons European envoys after attack on military parade

Iran’s foreign ministry, above, summoned diplomats from three European countries a day after four terrorists backed by “a foreign regime” killed 25 people at a military parade in the south-western city of Ahvaz, local reports say.

The Danish and Dutch ambassadors and the British charge d’affaires were summoned, IRNA reported.

The al-Ahvazieh militant group linked to Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack which killed civilians including children and women, besides soldiers.

Iran says Denmark, the Netherlands and Britain have harboured members of al-Ahvazieh militant group on the ground that they committed no crimes in Europe. Tehran said it cannot accept such double standards from the West on al-Ahvazieh which is being paid by “foreign powers” to stage attacks in their country.

Iran’s foreign ministry said such terror attacks, if staged in Europe, gain wide publicity and spark international outrage while they do not gain so much attention if happened elsewhere.

The Danish ambassador to Iran, Danny Annan, told TV2 that he had a meeting with Iranian foreign ministry officials late on Saturday.

Condemning the terror strike on the military parade in Ahvaz, Denmark’s Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen told news agency Ritzau there will be serious consequences if the attackers have any links to his country as alleged by Iran.

Earlier, Iran had summoned the UAE envoy over his country’s alleged role in supporting al-Ahvazieh militant group. UAE denied the allegation.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani allege that Ahvaz attack was hatched by US-supported regimes in the region to destabilise the Islamic Republic.

Without naming Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, Rauhani said the small mercenary countries in the Middle East are backed by America which instigates them and provide them with necessary means to commit such crimes.

Iran and Saudi Arabia have been at daggers drawn for decades for domination in the region. The ongoing conflicts in Yemen and Syria pushed their rivalry to an extreme. The US gave a blow to Iran in May this year by withdrawing from the historic 2015 nuclear deal with that country.

US tells Iran to look in the mirror

Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN, asked Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to look in the mirror before casting aspersions on Washington.

She wanted to know why Iran is witnessing so many public protest these days. This means something is wrong in Tehran, Haley said, adding that the US condemns terrorist attacks anywhere.

Saturday’s attack was staged during a military parade held in Ahvaz to mark the start of the Iran-Iraq war in 1980. Similar events were held all over the country.

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said they would hit back at forces behind Ahvaz attack that killed 12 of their members.