TEHRAN (Basirta): Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that the US should account for the aftermaths and reaction to the assassination of Commander of IRGC Qods Force Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.
Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani in Tehran on Saturday.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran does not want tension in the region and the presence and interference of foreign and trans-regional states will create instability and insecurity and will increase tension in our sensitive region," he said.
Al-Thani, for his part, described the current conditions in the region after the Friday developments as volatile and worrying, saying that a peaceful solution should be found to decrease these tensions and return tranquility to the region.
During the meeting, the two top diplomats conferred on the latest developments in bilateral ties and the most important regional and international issues, specially the current conditions in Iraq and after the assassination of General Soleimani.
Lieutenant General Soleimani was martyred in a targeted assassination attack by the US drones at Baghdad International Airport early on Friday morning.
General Qassem Soleimani has been martyred by the US aircraft after lifetime efforts, the IRGC said in a statement early Friday morning.
The airstrike also martyred Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), or Hashad al-Shaabi. The PMF media arm said the two were martyred in an American airstrike that targeted their vehicle on the road to the airport.
Five Iranian and five Iraqi militaries were martyred by missiles fired by the US drone at Baghdad International Airport.
The Pentagon confirmed the attack in a statement.The attack came amid tensions that started by the US attack on PMF units that killed 28 Iraqi popular forces. A day later, Iraqi people attacked the US embassy in Baghdad. On Wednesday President Donald Trump ordered about 750 US soldiers deployed to the Middle East.
US officials earlier suggested they were to engage in further retaliatory attacks in Iraq.
The developments also represent a major downturn in Iraq-US relations that could further undermine US influence in the region and American troops in Iraq and weaken Washington’s hand in its pressure campaign against Iran.
US President Donald Trump was vacationing on his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, but sent out a tweet of an American flag.
The attack represents a dramatic escalation by the US toward Iran after months of tensions. The tensions take root in Trump’s decision in May 2018 to withdraw the US from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, struck under his predecessor.