On Line: 27 July 2013 15:06
In Print: Sunday 28 July 2013
TEHRAN – Iran has called on the Tunisian people to maintain unity after a prominent opposition leader was assassinated on Thursday.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi on Saturday condemned the killing of Mohammed Brahmi, leader of the Popular Current party, saying that such desperate attempts are meant to lead the revolution in the country to a deadlock.
The only way out of the current situation is maintaining national cohesion and unity and making efforts to root out terrorism in the country, Araqchi said.
He also expressed sympathy with the Tunisian people and government over the incident, calling on them to exercise vigilance when dealing with such actions.
According to BBC, a state funeral was held for the Tunisian opposition leader who was killed by gunmen in the capital, Tunis.
His death has sparked widespread unrest.
The interior minister said Mr. Brahmi, 58, was killed with the same gun as a fellow left-wing politician, Chokri Belaid, who was shot dead in February.
Thousands of protesters gathered in Tunis on Friday after the biggest trade union, UGTT, called a general strike to denounce general “terrorism, violence, and murders.”