Iranian Parliament Speaker:

Assassination of Gen. Soleimani endangers intl. peace

TEHRAN (ICANA) _ Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf says the assassination of the country’s top anti-terror commander, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani as posed a major threat to international peace and security while jeopardizing regional security as well.

The top parliamentarian made the comments in a letter published on Monday to his counterparts in other countries in addition to heads of international, Islamic and Asian parliamentary unions and Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres.
Reminding the addressees of the assassination of General Soleimani by a US drone strike outside Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020, Ghalibaf wrote, “The terrorist act, which contravenes the United Nations Charter... and [other] international conventions, has greatly undermined the efforts launched by the international community to fight terrorism and the rule of law in international relations.”
Ghalibaf added that the assassination of Iran’s top general has also “dealt a severe blow to regional security and tranquility in addition to jeopardizing international peace and security.”
Reminding the addressees of the assassination of General Soleimani by a US drone strike outside Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020, Ghalibaf wrote, “The terrorist act, which contravenes the United Nations Charter... and [other] international conventions, has greatly undermined the efforts launched by the international community to fight terrorism and the rule of law in international relations.”
Ghalibaf added that the assassination of Iran’s top general has also “dealt a severe blow to regional security and tranquility in addition to jeopardizing international peace and security.”
The former commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and his companions, including top Iraqi counter-terrorism official Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, were assassinated in a US drone strike while General Soleimani was on an official visit to the Iraqi capital.
The strike, which was directly ordered by US President Donald Trump, triggered a strong anti-American backlash across the region, leading to growing calls for the US military to end its presence in the Middle East.
Iran unleashed a barrage of missiles on a US military base in Iraq on January 8 as part of its revenge for the assassination.
US positions in Iraq have since been targeted several times.
Recently, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said revenge for the Iranian general was certain and would be exacted in due time.
Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked the international police organization Interpol for help in detaining Trump, who ordered the assassination, and several other US military and political leaders behind the terrorist act.

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