Iran Flag Hoisted over New Consulate Building in Iraq’s Basra (+Video)
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s ambassador to Iraq held a ceremony to open a new consulate building in southern city of Basra after last week attack on the old diplomatic mission.
Iran’s ambassador Iraj Masjedi inaugurated the new consulate’s building and hoisted the flag of the Islamic Republic at the site of the new consulate in a ceremony attended by Iraqi officials and journalists.
On September 7, a mob of angry protestors stormed into the Iranian consulate in Basra, destroyed the diplomatic mission’s properties, took down the flag of Iran and torched the building.
The consulate’s building was not the first to be set on fire. The angry demonstrators had earlier set government buildings ablaze as well. The buildings included the headquarters of the local government, the ruling Dawa Party, the Supreme Islamic Council and the Badr Organization.