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Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman condemns assassination of Tajik official

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi condemned the assassination...

Tehran, July 18. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi condemned the assassination of Karim Yuldashev, foreign affairs adviser to Tajik President Emomali Rakhmonov, IRNA reports.

Asefi expressed concern over continuation of unrest and assassination of policy-makers and renowned officials in the republic.

He stressed that it is not at all justifiable to resort to violence and assassination to ruin the valuable achievements of the Tajik people in restoring peace and stability in the country.

He expressed concern over the incident and said that Iran supports the measures adopted in Tajikistan to guarantee stability and promote peace which is essential for the republic's political, economic and social development.

Yuldashev was assassinated in Dushanbe on Tuesday. A competent source in a Tajik power structure told Itar-Tass that the crime is likely to be linked with the adviser's professional activity. He took part in the development of basic documents of Tajikistan's foreign policy and influenced the country's decisions in the international scene.

Yuldashev, who usually went home at dinner break, was shot near his home in one of Dushanbe's western districts. The killer waited for Yuldashev at the entrance and fired several shots at him from behind.

Yuldashev was rushed to an emergency room, but died without regaining consciousness