Zarif Condemns Recent US Attack on Iraqi Forces
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned the recent American attack against Iraqi forces on Syrian border, calling the measure a violation of Iraq's sovereignty.
Zarif, in a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hossein in Tehran on Saturday, deplored the American fighters’ attack on Western Iraq, saying that the move was illegal and violation of the Arab country’s sovereignty.
Pointing to the issue of Iranian fuel tankers in Tamarchin, Northwestern Iran, he expressed hope that the problem would be solved through mutual cooperation between Tehran and Baghdad.
Zarif called for starting and completing the Shalamcheh-Basra railway by the officials of Iran and Iraq.
Fuad Hossein, for his part, expressed Baghdad’s readiness to strengthen relations with Iran.
He referred to the talks between the two countries on Tehran’s access to its financial sources in Iraq and underlined facilitation of the process.
Hossein stressed that Baghdad will never let its good relations with Tehran be disrupted.
In relevant remarks earlier on Saturday, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani told the visiting Iraqi foreign minister that Baghdad needs to take action to expel the US forces from Iraq in compliance with the recent parliament approval, warning that their longer stay in the country would push the entire region into crisis and chaos.
“Any delay in implementation of the Iraqi parliament approval concerning the expulsion of foreign forces from the country will escalates tensions and crisis in the region,” Shamkahi said in his meeting with Fuad Hossein, stressing the need for cooperation among the regional states to cement security and stability.
He went on to say that the Iraqi people owe the current calm and security to the Source of Emulation, the prudence of government and self-sacrifices of Armed Forces and popular resistance groups.
Referring to the recent US moves in reinforcing and developing ISIL in the region, the official noted, “Iran and other anti-terrorist countries will not allow mercenary Takfiri terrorism be revived.”
He also described the Yemeni war as a kind of massacre, and expressed Iran’s readiness to end the war in the poor Arab country.
Fuad Hossein, for his part, said Baghdad will soon start paying its debts to Iran as a result of continued efforts of the financial and banking sectors of Iran and Iraq.
He also stressed the role of security for economic stability in the country.
The Iraqi parliament passed and approved a plan to expel foreign troops from its soil on January 6, 2019, two days after the assassination of late Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, Deputy Chairman of al-Hashd al-Shaabi Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis and their companions in a US army terrorist attack near Baghdad airport.