Iran threatens UAE after tweet by Emirati writer on Ahwaz attack

Iranian soldiers taking cover in a rain gutter off a street at the scene of an attack on a military parade in Ahwaz. (AFP)

Iran on Sunday summoned the top diplomat of the United Arab Emirates over a tweet attributed to a UAE writer on the weekend’s attack on an Iranian military parade in Ahwaz province.

The Emirati charge d’affaires was summoned to the foreign ministry over what Iran is considering as “blatant support” for Saturday’s attack in the city of Ahwaz that killed 29 people, said the ministry’s spokesman Bahram Ghasemi.

The spokesperson described falsely the writer as a "political advisor.”

“The charge d’affaires was warned ... it will have repercussions for the UAE government,” said Ghasemi.

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

However, Emirati academic Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, has tweeted on the Ahwaz attack by saying: “A military attack against a military target is not a terror act.”

The tweet drew sharp criticism from Muhsin Rezai, the secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council in Iran, who considered the comment a clear threat of new attacks on the territory of the Islamic Republic. 

The Iranian official said, addressing the UAE academic: “Will regret this statement!”

For his part, the mayor of Tehran, Mohsen Rafsanjani, joined the threat, stressing that “Emirates camps is more than just a goal!”

Official reports said 29 people were killed in the attack by four gunmen on a military parade in Ahwaz, capital of Khuzestan province bordering Iraq.

With AFP

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