Turkey condemned on Sunday the killing of a key Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh as an act of “terrorism” that “upsets peace in the region”, while Britain said it was “concerned” about the possible escalation of tensions in the Middle East following the assassination.
Turkish Foreign Ministry said Ankara regrets the death of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh following an armed attack.
“We condemn this heinous murder and offer our condolences to the Iranian government and the dead man’s relatives.”
“Turkey is against all initiatives aimed at disrupting peace in the region and against all forms of terrorism, no matter who their perpetrator or target are,” the ministry said, urging “all parties to act with common sense and restraint.”
For his part, British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab voiced concern “about the situation in Iran and the wider region,” calling for “de-escalation of tensions.”
“We’re still waiting to see the full facts, to address the full facts of what’s happened in Iran but I would say that we stick to the rule of international humanitarian law which is very clear against targeting civilians,” Raab told Sky News on Sunday.
The prominent nuclear scientist was killed on Friday in a car bomb and gun attack against his own vehicle, the Iranian defense ministry said, pointing the finger at the Zionist entity.