The Greek Foreign Ministry confirmed on Saturday that Iran has lodged a formal diplomatic complaint, or démarche, against Athens over Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ support for the US’ killing of General Qasem Soleimani last week.
Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias confirmed that Tehran had formally lodged a démarche, protesting Greece’s stance on the killing, but he declined to reveal its content.
He also sought to play down the incident, saying that Iran “understands what the broader Greek position is and we understand why Iran wants in this context to raise the issue.”
He added that his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, had also asked to speak with to him, adding “I would be glad to hear what he has to tell me.” By the time of writing it is not known whether the telephone call between the ministers had actually taken place.
Tehran is upset by the comments made by Mitsotakis last Tuesday during his official visit to Washington. Speaking at the Atlantic Council, the Greek Prime Minister expressed Athens’s support for the US in executing Soleimani.