Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed the importance of implementing Iran’s peace initiative to promote security in the Persian Gulf, dubbed Hormuz Peace Endeavour (HOPE), calling for collective cooperation among neighbors to establish “inclusive dialogue and security networking” in the region.
Iran’s government spokesman Ali Rabiei said a region free of violence and oppression is in the interest of all the regional countries, stressing that it’s up to them to decide if they want to be in a tense region or not.
Iran said it is bitterly sarcastic to witness certain warmongering Persian Gulf Arab states throwing their weight behind the US drive to extend a UN arms embargo on the Islamic Republic, adding these states need to understand that submission to America will not make the region secure.
The secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) says the countdown for the expulsion of US forces from the region has already started after the assassination of Iran's top anti-terrorist commander, Lt. Col. Qassem Soleimani and his companions in Baghdad in early January.
The deputy commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) said in a ceremony to commemorate the IRGC martyred commander Lieutenant-General Qasem Soleimani and the PMF Commander al-Mohandes that the assassination of the two heroes by the US Army in Baghdad practically triggered a countdown for the annihilation of Israel.
Syrian government forces, backed by allied militants from popular defense groups, have managed to establish full control over a strategic region in the southern countryside of the country’s northern province of Aleppo from the al-Qaeda-linked militants.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi said the assassination of top Iranian commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani through Washington’s state terrorism would lead to the end of the US presence in the region.