Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the head of the Iranian Defense Ministry's Research and Innovation Organization, was assassinated on November 27 in a town near Tehran in a multi-pronged terrorist attack by assailants with suspected links to Israel.
On Wednesday, the Iranian government said the Intelligence Ministry has identified the individuals involved in the assassination of Fakhrizadeh, Press TV wrote.
“Without a doubt, this terrorist incident is a sign of the failure of sworn enemies of the Iranian nation to stymie the scientific and research movement launched by our scientists,” Rouhani said in a phone call with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Thursday, emphasizing that “the government of Iran reserves the right to avenge this martyr in due time.”
“The assassination of this scientist was a grave crime and inhumane act,” he pointed out.
Elsewhere in his phone call, Rouhani pointed to the ongoing cooperation between Iran and Turkey, saying, “Both countries are determined to develop economic and trade relations but, unfortunately, US sanctions have prevented us from doing so and do not allow us to continue trade, economic and banking cooperation in an easy way.”
He also highlighted the need for more convergence and collaboration between Iran and Turkey, especially on matters of international concern, saying, “Iran and Turkey can reduce rifts in the Muslim world through consultations and cooperation and can invite the Muslim world to unity.”
Erdogan condoled with the government and nation of Iran on Fakhrizadeh’s assassination and also expressed his condolences to his family while vigorously condemning this act of terrorism.
“There is no doubt that this terror attack has targeted peace and tranquility in our region,” he said.
The Turkish president expressed hope that perpetrators behind this assassination will be identified as soon as possible and brought to justice.
“I hope the plots hatched by dark circles that want to sow instability in our region will be thwarted,” Erdogan said.