No security in West Asia as long as US terrorist forces stay: Iran's Shamkhani
The secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) says as long as terrorist forces of the United States are present in the region there will be no security and peace in West Asia.
In a meeting with the visiting Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis in Tehran on Monday, Ali Shamkhani said, “As long as terrorist forces of the United States stay in the West Asia region, this region will experience no stability, peace or sustainable security.”
Iran's top security official added, “There is no doubt that expulsion of the wicked US is possible through unity of regional nations and governments.”
Referring to the recent assassination of commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ Quds Force, Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, upon the direct order of US President Donald Trump in Iraq, Shamkhani said Trump and his “silly advisors” believed that they could bring about the collapse of the resistance front through assassination of its courageous commander.
“However, what they did backfired and the blood of this dear martyr and his companions led to further strengthening of the resistance front and caused people of the region and the world to hate America even more intensely."
The SNSC secretary pointed to the US-backed Israeli regime's indiscriminate attacks against the resistance front and said, "Undoubtedly, the martyrdom of General Soleimani will make the resistance front more determined to seriously counter the acts of aggression by the Zionist regime."
The US military carried out a drone strike on January 3 against general Soleimani's motorcade upon his arrival in Baghdad.
The attack also martyred Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), as well as eight other Iranian and Iraqi people.
Both commanders were admired by Muslim nations for eliminating the US-sponsored Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.
The US assassination has drawn a wave of condemnation from officials and movements throughout the world, and triggered huge public protests across the region.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Shamkhani said Iran gave a "crushing response" to Washington's crime in assassinating General Soleimani by attacking a US airbase in Iraq and once again proved that “it stops at nothing to protect its national security and interests under any circumstances.”
The Syrian prime minister, for his part, said the top assassinated Iranian commander had pursued the goal of defending the oppressed in the face of acts of aggression by the US, the Israeli regime and the world's arrogant system.
Khamis also hailed Iran's support for the Syrian nation in the battle against terrorism and called for strengthening of trade and economic cooperation with Iran now that this scourge is on the verge of full collapse.