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Attack On Iranian Diplomats In Baghdad Outrageous

Attack on Iranian diplomats in Baghdad 'outrageous' - UN envoy

18 May 2008 - The top United Nations official in Iraq has condemned Thursday's gun attack against Iranian diplomats based in Baghdad that has left three people wounded, including two diplomats.

In a statement issued today, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq, Staffan de Mistura, described the attack on an embassy convoy of vehicles in the north of the city as outrageous.

"Attacking foreign diplomats in Iraq aims to discourage normal diplomatic relations between Iraq and the international community, but will not succeed as we have witnessed increased diplomatic activities here in Iraq in the last few months," he said.

Mr. de Mistura added that he had conveyed these sentiments to Iran's Ambassador to Iraq, Hassan Qazimi Ghomi, during a meeting at UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) offices in Baghdad.

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