Syria Calls on int’l community to condemn killing of Iranian physicist, counter terrorism

(170817) -- DAMASCUS, Aug. 17, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Syria's deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad speaks during a press briefing in Damascus, Syria, on Aug. 16, 2017. The Syrian government will provide help for the international fact-finding mission tasked to probe chemical attack allegations in Syria, Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said Wednesday. (Xinhua/Ammar Safarjalani) (yy)

Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad has said that the international community should condemn the attack that claimed the life of Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, and called on the United Nations to step up counter-terrorism efforts, the Syrian Foreign Ministry’s press service said on Saturday.

“The terrorist act… should be condemned by the international community,” Mekdad said, commenting on the incident during his meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Syria Javad Torkabadi.
“The UN should fulfill its obligations concerning countering terrorism and stick to the norms of international law, otherwise we will achieve only increased tensions in the region,” Mekdad added.

On Friday, Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian nuclear physicist and the head of the Iranian Defense Ministry’s innovation center, was killed in a gunmen attack in the town of Absard in the Tehran region. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused Israel of being involved in the death of the nuclear scientist and called on the international community to condemn the act. On Saturday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the crime would not go unanswered.

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