A senior Iranian lawmaker says the recent terrorist attacks against Iran’s Embassy in Lebanon were aimed at sowing discord in the country.
Spokesman for the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran’s Majlis Hossein Naqavi-Hosseini said on Sunday that the terrorist attacks were carried out with the support of certain states in order to cause crisis in Lebanon.
Two explosions outside Iran’s diplomatic offices in the southern neighborhood of Janah in Beirut on November 19 killed 25 people, including six Iranians. More than 150 were also injured.
Iran’s Cultural Attaché to Beirut Hojjatoleslam Ebrahim Ansari and the wife of another Iranian diplomat were among the victims.
According to reports, the first explosion took place when a bomber blew his explosives near the gate of the embassy, and the second blast happened just meters away when a car bomb went off.
An al-Qaeda-linked group, Abdullah Azzam Brigades, claimed responsibility for the twin bombings.
Naqavi-Hosseini said the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee had sent a four-member delegation to Lebanon to investigate the attacks and hold talks with Lebanese officials.
“Iran’s parliamentary delegations met with Lebanon’s interior minister (Marwan Charbel), foreign minister (Adnan Mansour), parliament speaker (Nabih Berri) and the secretary general of Hezbollah (Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah),” Naqavi-Hosseini added.