Iran FM: US, Israel’s hostility toward regional countries ‘inherent’

7/20/2020 12:55:00 AM
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TEHRAN (KHABARFOORI) _ Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the bellicose behavior displayed by the United States and Israel towards West Asian countries is inherent to the duo, and they cannot alter this reality by adopting makeshift policies.

Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks on Sunday in a meeting in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, with Hadi al-Ameri, the head of the Fatah (Conquest) Alliance in Iraq’s Parliament.

“The hostility that America and the Zionist regime show toward regional countries is inherent to them,” Iran’s top diplomat said, adding, “Some people think that this reality can be changed through adoption of certain policies, but it won’t happen.”

Even other countries in the region, Zarif said, cannot befriend Israel, because the regime will eventually show its belligerent nature toward them one day.

“We know that what is happening to you or Syria and Lebanon is due to this resistance [against the US and Israel] as the Islamic Republic of Iran is also under pressure because of such [similar] positions,” Zarif told the Iraqi lawmaker.

Iran's top diplomat called on officials of these four countries to notice that they have all been targeted by the US and Israel, and it is not an issue related to just one country. 

“Regional states should comprehend this reality that they can thwart such pressure if they work together,” Zarif emphasized.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Zarif said pursuing the case of the assassination of the Iranian and Iraqi commanders of the anti-terrorism fight in Iraq, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, is on the agenda of his Baghdad visit.

Pointing to a recent report by Agnes Callamard, United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, on the assassination of Soleimani and Muhandis, the top Iranian diplomat emphasized that this case can be pursued at an international level. MSDKRN

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