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Deputy Judiciary Chief: Rayeesi’s Trip Foils Enemies’ Plots to Sow Discord between Iran, Iraq

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Judiciary Chief Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi’s recent visit to Iraq thwarted enemies’ plots to separate the two neighboring nations, his deputy said.

“The developments that happened during Ayatollah Rayeesi’s visit to Iraq practically nullified the investments of enemies of the Iranian and Iraqi nations in plots to sow discord between the two countries,” Deputy Judiciary Chief Ali Baqeri Kani said.

“One of the important issues pursued in the trip was the crime of assassination of (former IRGC Qods Force Commander) Lieutenant General (Qassem) Soleimani,” he added.

“Iraq is a country with which Iran has the highest volume of trade ties and the most traffic of citizens; resolving the legal and judicial problems of citizens in areas of economy and pilgrimage was one of the important goals of Ayatollah Rayeesi's visit to Iraq,” Baqeri Kani said.

Meantime, Iranian Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi said that Rayeesi’s visit was a successful diplomatic and legal trip at the highest possible level, noting, “Official meetings with the Iraqi officials, judicial meetings between the two sides and public meetings with people, tribal leaders, martyrs' families, and various groups were the three main parts of the Judiciary Chief's visit to Iraq.”

“Pursuing agreements in the economic sector can be constructive and reassuring for producers and exporters,” he added.

Rayeesi arrived in Baghdad at the head of a high-ranking delegation last Monday night and was accorded an official welcome by his Iraqi counterpart early on Tuesday.During his three-day stay in Iraq, Rayeesi met with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, Speaker of Iraq’s Council of Representatives Mohamed al-Halbousi, Iraqi President Barham Salih and the head of the Supreme Judicial Council of Iraq Faiq Zidan.

Pursuing the case of assassination of Iran's anti-terror Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani who was martyred in Iraq by the US was among most important goals in of Rayeesi's trip.

The highest-ranking Iranian and Iraqi judiciary officials in a meeting in Baghdad last Tuesday discussed ways to respond to the US assassination of senior Iranian and Iraqi anti-terror commanders, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

“We conferred with the Iraqi side on response to the crime and assassination of the martyred commanders,” Rayeesi said in a joint press conference with Chairman of the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council Faiq Zidan in Baghdad.

He appreciated the Iraqi judicial system for pursuing the case with the assassination of former IRGC Qods Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Deputy Commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

Rayeesi also welcomed strengthening of judicial and legal relations and cooperation with Iraq, and said that the pilgrims' visits and fight against corruption were other issues discussed with Zidan.

“Iran and Iraq signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on fight against corruption,” he added.

Rayeesi also underlined that “sedition” cannot affect or prevent expansion of ties between the two Iranian and Iraqi nations.

General Soleimani played an influential role in the battle of Iraqi and Syrian nations against the world’s most notorious Takfiri terror groups, the ISIL and al-Qaeda.

Lieutenant General Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike on Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 3, 2020, upon an order by Trump.

The airstrike also martyred Deputy Commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The two were martyred in an American airstrike that targeted their vehicle on the road to the airport.

Five Iranian and five Iraqi military men were martyred by the missiles fired by the US drone at Baghdad International Airport.

On January 8, 2020, and after the funeral ceremony of General Soleimani, the IRGC Aerospace Force started heavy ballistic missile attacks on US Ein Al-Assad airbase in Southwestern Iraq near the border with Syria and a US operated airbase in Erbil in retaliation for the US assassination of General Soleimani.

Ein Al-Assad is an airbase with a 4km runway at 188m altitude from sea levels, which is the main and the largest US airbase in Iraq. Early reports said the radar systems and missile defense shields in Ein Al-Assad failed to operate and intercept the Iranian missiles. Unofficial reports said the US army's central radar systems at Ein Al-Assad had been jammed by electronic warfare.

The second IRGC reprisal attack targeted a US military base near Erbil airport in Iraqi Kurdistan Region in the second leg of "Martyr Soleimani" reprisal operation.

Iraq said the attacks had not taken any toll from its army men stationed at these two bases. The US army had blocked entrance into Ein Al-Assad to everyone, including the Iraqi army.

The IRGC officials said none of the missiles had been intercepted.

Meantime, Iran announced in late June that it had issued arrest warrants for 36 officials of the US and other countries who have been involved in the assassination of the martyred General Soleimani.

"36 individuals who have been involved or ordered the assassination of Hajj Qassem, including the political and military officials of the US and other governments, have been identified and arrest warrants have been issued for them by the judiciary officials and red alerts have also been issued for them via the Interpol," Alqasi Mehr said at the time.

He said that the prosecuted individuals are accused of murder and terrorist action, adding that Trump stands at the top of the list and will be prosecuted as soon as he stands down presidency after his term ends.

Last month, Iran’s Judiciary Spokesman Gholam Hossein Esmayeeli said that Tehran has asked Interpol to issue a red notice for all perpetrators and masterminds of the assassination of General Soleimani.

“Iran has asked the Interpol for the apprehension of the US president and 47 others in connection with the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani near the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, last year,” Esmayeeli announced.

He added that Iran has identified 48 people in connection with the targeted terror attack and that includes US President Donald Trump, Pentagon officials and terrorist American forces in the region.

Earlier this month, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani in a meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hossein called for Baghdad’s further efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators and masterminds of the terror attack on General Soleimani.

“We should not allow the blood of martyrs Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qassem Soleimani to be trampled upon, and the perpetrators of this terrorist crime should be prosecuted and severely punished,” Shamkhani said in the meeting in Tehran.