Withdrawal of US forces from Iraq will promote regional security: Hatami
Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said the pullout of American troops from Iraq under a law adopted by the parliament of the West Asian country will contribute to the establishment of peace and security of Iraq and the whole region.
“The withdrawal of American forces from Iraq within the framework of the wise legislation approved by this country’s parliament will help the establishment and improvement of security and stability in Iraq and the region,” Hatami said in a Tuesday meeting with Iraqi National Security Council (INSC) Advisor Qasim al-Araji in Tehran.
He slammed as an “unforgivable crime” the US military’s assassination of senior Iranian and Iraqi anti-terror commanders, Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the Commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi, and their companions
The expulsion of the American troops from Iraq is a “legitimate right of the Iraqi people,” the defense chief said.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Hatami said Tehran and Baghdad have cultural, historical and religious commonalities and voiced Iran’s full support for Iraq’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and security.
He emphasized that growing bilateral cooperation in the defense and security fields would play an important role in advancing strategic relations based on the two nations’ interests.
As the Iranian nation and Armed Forces stood by Iraq in its fight against the Daesh terrorist group, they would also participate in the reconstruction of the war-ravaged country, the defense chief added.
For his part, the Iraqi official hailed Iran’s role in the fight against terrorism and called for the expansion of ties in all areas.
Araji on Monday held separate meetings with Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.