Iraq on Thursday condemned the attack on the Iranian consulate in its southern Najaf city.

“We believe that its purpose is clear; to harm the historical relations between Iraq and Iran,” the Iraqi Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The condemnation came after protesters stormed the compound and set fire to the entire facility.

“While we affirm that the demonstrations are a guaranteed right and that the demands of the demonstrators were and are still acceptable to the government, we have always warned against the entry of persons who want to divert the demonstrations,” the ministry said.

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