- We condemn this heinous murder and extend our condolences to the government of Iran and the family of the deceased," said Turkey's Foreign Ministry.
- Fajrizadeh was killed on Friday in an attack in the Absard area of Iran's capital Tehran by an unknown number of armed men who opened fire on the scientist's vehicle.
- The European Union (EU) described the scientist’s murder as a “criminal act” and asked all parties to remain calm and prevent the escalation of violence.
“We regret that the Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh lost his life as a result of an armed attack in Tehran. We condemn this heinous murder and extend our condolences to the government of Iran and the family of the deceased,” said Turkey’s Foreign Ministry in a statement.
Turkey on Sunday condemned Friday’s murder of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fajrizadeh and expressed it’s condolences to the Islamic republic of Iran.
Fajrizadeh was killed on Friday in an attack in the Absard area of Iran’s capital Tehran by an unknown number of armed men who opened fire on the scientist’s vehicle.
Considered by Western intelligence services as the leader of Iran’s former secret program to develop nuclear weapons, the scientist before his death held the position of head of the Defense Ministry’s Defense Research and Innovation Organization.
In the statement, Turkish foreign ministry said that the country “opposes all forms of terrorism, regardless of who does it and who is the target”.
“We hope that those responsible are identified and brought to justice,” reads the statement, which calls on all parties to act with common sense and moderation, to avoid acts that could lead to an escalation of violence in the region.
On Saturday, the president of the Turkish parliament, Mustafa Sentop , in a message on the social network Twitter, wrote that the murder of the scientist “is an act of terrorism”.
Sentop elaborated that Terrorism is terrorism, whether committed by an illegal organization, a ‘legal’ organization or a state. adding that terrorism does not change its nature and that those who execute it are terrorists.
The assassination of Fajrizadeh is the fifth of an Iranian scientist in a decade and, as in all previous cases, Tehran accused the Israeli and US secret services of the crime.
Iranian President Hassan Rohani on Saturday accused Israel of acting as a “mercenary” for the United States by killing the scientist, and guaranteed that Tehran would respond “at the right time and in the right way”.
“Once again, the wicked hands of the global arrogance, with the usurper Zionist regime as the mercenary, were stained with the blood of a son of this nation,” Rouhani said in a statement on his official website, referring to Fakhrizadeh’s killing.
Also on Saturday, the European Union (EU) described the scientist’s murder as a “criminal act” and asked all parties to remain calm and prevent the escalation of violence.
“On 27 November 2020 in Absard, Iran, an Iranian government official and several civilians were killed in a series of violent attacks. This is a criminal act and runs counter to the principle of respect for human rights the EU stands for,” the EU said in its statement.
“In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever for all parties to remain calm and exercise maximum restraint in order to avoid escalation which cannot be in anyone’s interest,” the statement added.