The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has condemned the heinous killing of a top Iranian nuclear scientist that Tehran has blamed on Israel. It urges all parties to exercise restraint.
“The UAE condemns assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and [calls] on all parties to exercise self-restraint to avoid dragging [the] region into new levels of instability and threat to peace,” the foreign ministry tweeted on Sunday night.
— وزارة الخارجية والتعاون الدولي (@MoFAICUAE) November 29, 2020
The tweet describes Fakhrizadeh’s killing as an evil crime.
According to Iran’s defence ministry, Fakhrizadeh was fatally wounded on Friday when assailants targeted his car and engaged in a gunfight with his bodyguards outside Tehran. He is dubbed by Israel as the “father” of Iran’s nuclear programme.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stressed that the country will seek its revenge in due time and not be rushed into a trap.
He pinned the blame on “the wicked hands of the global arrogance, with the usurper Zionist regime as the mercenary”. Iran generally uses the term ‘global arrogance’ to refer to the US.
The strongly worded UAE condemnation came weeks after the Gulf nation normalized ties with Israel.