Envoy says US terrorist attack inside Iraq, total disregard of Iraqi sovereignty
– Iranian Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi said the US terrorist attack inside Iraq to assassinate Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the former commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), amounted to aggression on Iraqi sovereignty.
Masjedi made the remarks in an interview with Iraqi media ‘Aletejah TV’.
Masjedi said that General Soleimani was the official representative of Iran in charge of the Iran-Iraq coordinated campaign against ISIS terrorism.
He had made several visits to Iraq to orchestrate coordinated military operation to repulse ISIS when the terrorist group poised to capture Baghdad.
He described the terrorist attack to assassinate the Iranian and Iraqi commanders as the US state terrorism, saying that they were commanders of the fight against terrorism.
They played an effective role in the expulsion of Daesh (ISIS) from Iraq and the region, he said.
Iran will be happy with Iraq to play a constructive role in the region, he said, adding that the US and Israel do not want friendship and solidarity among the regional countries.
Nothing can compensate for the blood of General Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis blood, he said, adding that talking about taking revenge does not mean that Iran tends to kill a person in return.
Trump was number one in this crime and he together with all others who participated in this assassination is not comparable with General Soleimani, he noted.
The ambassador went on to stress that the US forces must be expelled from Iraq and the region and Iran are seeking to do so. "This step, preventing US interference in regional countries' future and defeating the US polices are considered as taking revenge on the US," he added.
In response to a question regarding Trump’s adventurism against Iran, he said it is regretted that Trump is president of a big country like the United States but the US people showed their dissatisfaction against his acts.
Iran will give a crushing and firm response to any countermeasure. Iran is not afraid of neither the US nor any sinister power in the world.
He noted the regional countries should decide about their own fate.
Iran’s policy is based on wisdom aiming to restore peace and security in the region, the Iranian envoy said.
The Ambassador said that the US is raising Iranophobia in the region. They are the root cause of insecurity and got involved in terrorist attacks against the sovereign states, but, the US officials accuse Iran of terrorism.
General Soleimani was the powerful defender of the Resistance Movement.
The Resistance Movement includes Lebanese Hezbollah, Palestinian and Yemeni fighters.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA