Tehran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the United States to end its military intervention in the region, saying such a withdrawal will both help restore regional security and serve Washington’s own interests.
The “intolerable” insecurity currently afflicting the region menaces Asia, Europe, and even America itself as it can lead to all sorts of incidents, Rouhani said at a government meeting on Wednesday.
The American forces in the region are today faced with insecurity, which may come to threaten the European troops as well in the near future, he added.
“Restore this security. We want you to leave the region…not by means of war, but by taking the wise move [to do so],” he said. “You [yourself] will stand to benefit from this. Go down the path that benefits the region and the entire world,” the president added.
He also touched on the Islamic Republic’s Wednesday strikes against US bases in western and northern Iraq, which came in retaliation for the US drone strikes that had assassinated revered senior Iranian commander, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, among others, in Baghdad on January 3.
“General Soleimani’s martyrdom will not go unanswered. The answer was given in the military area,” he said, noting that the strikes that hit the US’s Ain al-Assad Airbase in Iraq’s Anbar Province showed that “we do not back down in the face of the US and will surely respond to their crime.”