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Iran says Israel seeking to damage Tehran-Bangkok friendly ties

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast dismissed on Tuesday Israeli claims that Iran is behind three explosions that rattled the Thai capital of Bangkok on the same day.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Tuesday that the Bangkok incident, in which four civilians were wounded, proved "once again that Iran and its proxies are continuing to perpetrate terrorism," according to the National Post.

Mehmanparast said that the false allegations leveled against Iran by the Zionist regime are meant to damage the "friendly" and "historic" relations between Tehran and Bangkok.

"Last month, the Zionist regime and the U.S. government made attempts to depict the security situation in Thailand as dangerous through issuing warnings in certain media outlets affiliated with themselves which were met with Thai officials' wisdom and their strong protest, and of course this is indicative of the plots and malicious efforts of the Zionist regime in line with the (aforementioned) scenario.

"The Zionist regime's claims in regard to the recent blast in Bangkok are the continuation of the U.S. government's false claims (that Iran had plotted to) assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington. And the fact that today's incidents in Bangkok came on the heels of this regime's false claims of our country's involvement in explosions in Georgia and India illustrates that the regime is hatching a plot through devising scenarios and creating a suspicious atmosphere."

Mehmanparast also said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran regards the Zionist regime's agents as perpetrators of such terrorist actions with criminal and hidden purposes and announces its complete, comprehensive, and immediate readiness to help and cooperate with the Thai government to shed light on the aspects of the incident."

Bombers targeted staff at Israel's embassies in India and Georgia on February 13, wounding four people. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran and Hezbollah of involvement, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Iran has denied any role in the attacks.

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