“We should not allow this incident to have any adverse consequence on ties between the two countries,” Amir-Abdollahian said in a phone conversation with Azerbaijan Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov on Friday.
The Iranian foreign minister expressed his sympathy with Bayramov over the attack, which killed a security guard and wounded two other people at the embassy in Tehran earlier in the day.
Amir-Abdollahian proposed that the two countries’ security bodies probe the incident in close cooperation to clarify its various aspects.
Following the assault, Tehran police chief Brigadier General Hossein Rahimi said the gunman, who entered the Azerbaijani embassy and started shooting with a firearm, was arrested.
“In the initial investigation, the attacker stated that his motivation was personal and family problems,” Gen. Rahimi said, adding the man is an Iranian national married to an Azerbaijani woman.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi also ordered a thorough investigation into the attack on Azerbaijan’s embassy in Tehran.
President Raeisi “ordered a full investigation” into the issue and “expressed condolences to the govt, people & family of the murdered diplomat & prayed for the recovery of the injured,” Mohammad Jamshidi, a political aide to the Iranian president, said in a post on his Twitter account on Friday.
‘I did it to save my wife’
Meanwhile, the gunman who carried out the attack said in an interview with the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) that he only wanted to “save his wife.”
“She must be able to leave the embassy of her own will, and if she doesn’t want to live with me, I’ll help her get her passport, and she’ll be free to go,” he said, under the apparent assumption that her wife was in the embassy.
Asked whether that was the only motive he had, he said, “Yes, I did it to save her.”
His daughter, however, said she tried to convince him that her mother was not in the embassy, “but he disagreed.”
“He said we were going to the embassy to get my mother out of there,” she said.
“My father started shooting in the embassy because of family issues and other things,” she said.