The Iranian Embassy in Baghdad condemned the US’ violation of Iraq’s sovereignty, adding that such a move is intended to serve Israeli interest in the region
Tehran’s diplomatic mission in Baghdad issued a statement on Monday, describing the US attack on Hashd al-Shaabi (popular forces) base near the border with Syria in Iraq’s Western province of Anbar as violation of Iraqi sovereignty.
The mission extended condolences to the Iraqi nation and the bereaved families, adding that such moves of Washington are the main contributor to instability and insecurity in the region.
“This move of the US was in line with Washington’s policy of interference in the internal affair of the regional countries, based on lame excuses and unsubstantiated accusations in order to safeguard the interests of the Zionist regime,” the statement underlined.
The US drones on Sunday bombarded a Hashd al-Shaabi (popular forces) base near the border with Syria in Iraq’s Western province of Anbar, a Hashd Shaabi statement said.
The attack took place in the evening when the US drones bombarded the base of Hashd Shaabi’s 45th Brigade near the border town of al-Qaim, the statement said.
The bombardment left a number of the brigade’s members killed and wounded, the statement said without giving further details.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif lambasted Washington for killing people in Iraq and Syria under the pretext of defending itself, referring to the US Sunday attack on Iraqi territory.
“Unlike the US which sheds the blood of people in Iraq and Syria thousands of miles farther from its borders under the pretext of defending itself, and the unbelievable US measure yesterday was one of these cases, Iran and Russia cooperated for peace in Iraq and Syria and the Astana process is a successful instance,” Zarif said in a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Monday.
“Unlike others who embark on warmongering in our region, Iran and Russia have presented important proposals for peace in the region, which are so much similar, including Russia’s proposal for talks in the Persian Gulf and Iran’s proposal for Hormuz Peace,” he added.
Iranian Government Spokesman Ali Rabiyee condemned Washington’s aggression on Iraq’s soil.
“We strongly deny any role in attacks against the US forces. This undocumented US claim cannot justify bombing and killing people in violation of the international laws,” Rabiyee told FNA on Monday.
He described the US aggression against Iraq as another evidence for its destructive role in disturbing regional peace and security.
“This incident showed again that as long as the US continues its uninvited presence in Iraq and Syria, peace will be out of reach for everyone,” Rabiyee said.
He warned that such “undigested and self-centered” acts which clearly violate the international laws will yield no results but further hatred for occupation and increased insecurity.
Rabiyee said it is ridiculous that the US which still has some parts of Iraq under its occupation and bombs the country’s people without any permission from the Iraqi government claims that it respects the Iraqi government’s sovereignty.
The Iranian foreign ministry strongly deplored the US military aggression on Iraq, describing it as a clear instance of terrorism.
“The attacks proved again the US lies about fighting against the ISIL Takfiri grouplet as the US has targeted the positions of forces who have inflicted heavy blows on the ISIL terrorists in the past few years,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said on Monday.
“By these attacks, the US has shown its firm support for terrorism and lack of attention to the countries’ independence and sovereignty and it should account for consequences of its illegal act,” he added, calling on the US to respect Iraq’s independent, sovereignty and territorial integrity and stop interference in the country’s internal affairs.
Mousavi underlined that deployment of foreign forces in the region create insecurity, tension and crisis, and said, “The US should end its occupying presence.”
He also stressed Iran’s support for Iraq’s independence, territorial integrity and national sovereignty, sympathizing with the injured people and families of those killed in the “terrorist” attack.