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Iran | Rouhani: Regional states must not hesitate to end US’ military presence in region


Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani highlighted the need for the two countries’ authorities to try to facilitate and accelerate the implementation of agreements and contracts, noting that "the Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to further deepen Tehran-Damascus relations in all fields of mutual interest.”

Speaking in a meeting with the Prime Minister of Syria Imad Khamis on Tuesday, Rouhani highlighted the need for the two countries’ authorities to try to facilitate and accelerate the implementation of agreements and contracts, noting that "the Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to further deepen Tehran-Damascus relations in all fields of mutual interest.”

Rouhani appreciated the condolences of the Syrian government and nation over the martyrdom of Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani in US terrorist act and the loss of a number of Iranians in the plane crash.

He said, "The martyrdom of Gen. Soleimani was a major grief for the Iranian nation which was multiplied after the plane crash.”

“Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani is a great martyr not only for the Iranian nation, but also for all free peoples of the region,” Rouhani said.

Stating that Gen. Soleimani was attacked because he was on the side of the oppressed people of the region and thwarted the enemies and Americans’ plots against the nations of the region, Rouhani said "we will never forget this major crime of the US and believe that the nations of the region should not hesitate to end the US military presence in the region and expel these aggressors.”

The president added "today, Americans’ interference in the affairs of other countries and their efforts to dominate the Syrian oil wells have made it clear that they have never cared about the interests of the nations of the region."