One less active Iranian operative & staff in the West.
I call for Iranian ambassadors to be kicked out of every capital in the West. Face it, Iranian embassies are just staging grounds for operations against the West, denying them a foothold on Western soil would be the prudent option to take.
UPDATE: Bulgaria now saying that it’s just a case of term ending, new replacement expected shortly. Click here.
Iranian ambassador to Bulgaria Gholamreza Bageri speaks to reporters in Sofia February 8, 2013 Photo: REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
Iran slated to recall ambassador over Burgas probe
Bulgarian media reports Iran’s ambassador to leave Sofia after interior ministry implicates Hezbollah operatives terror attack.
BERLIN – The Bulgarian interior minister’s investigative result implicating Hezbollah operatives in the July bombing of an Israeli tour bus prompted the Islamic Republic on Saturday to recall its ambassador to Sofia, according to Bulgarian media.
The Bulgarian media reported Iran’s ambassador Gholamreza Bageri will leave Bulgaria’s capital – Sofia – and the Iranian government will downgrade its diplomatic relations with Bulgaria.
The diplomatic fissure was first reported by the online edition of 24 Chasa daily, according to the English language Bulgarian wire service Sofia News Agency.
Bageri stated at a Friday press conference that the Burgas attack has “nothing to do with Iran.”
Bulgaria’s interior minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, accused two members of the Lebanese Shia militia Hezbollah of carrying out a bomb attack in the seaside resort of Burgas, which resulted in the killing of five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian Muslim bus driver. The explosion caused injuries to over 30 Israeli tourists.
The Bulgarian press reported that Bageri commented that Bulgarian-Iranians relations have been friendly prior to the Burgas attack. US and Israeli intelligence officials said in July that the terror act was a joint Hezbollah-Iran operation.