The United Arab Emirates has denounced the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Emirates News Agency reported on Sunday, citing the Emirates’ Foreign Ministry.
According to the statement, the UAE calls on all parties to exercise maximum restraint to avoid a possible escalation of already existing tensions in the region.
Several nations in the region and overseas have expressed concerns that the killing of Fakhrizadeh could possibly lead to increased tensions in the region, calling on all parties to avoid actions that could lead to escalation. On Saturday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the crime would not go unanswered, prompting Israel to reinforce security provisions in its foreign diplomatic missions.
Tehran believes that Israel is responsible for the physicist’s death. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has dubbed it a targeted terrorist attack on the country’s officials, while also calling on the international community to abandon their “double standards” and condemn the assassination.
Shameful that some refuse to stand against terrorism and hide behind calls for restraint.
Impunity emboldens a terrorist regime with aggression in its DNA.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) November 28, 2020
While Tel Aviv has refused to either deny or confirm the allegations, the Israeli government had previously said that Fakhrizadeh was the head of the unit within the Iranian military allegedly developing nuclear weapons. However, Iran has repeatedly said that its nuclear programme is designed to serve purely peaceful purposes.