Iran’s foreign ministry released a statement on Friday to mark the second anniversary of the martyrdom of Lieutenant-General Qassem Soleimani.
In January 2020, a US drone strike near Baghdad International Airport assassinated General Soleimani, former commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The attack – which also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, number two in the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) counterterrorism group, along with several others – came while General Soleimani was on an official visit to the Iraqi capital. .
The following is the text of the statement by the Iranian Foreign Ministry:
“On the eve of the second anniversary of the martyrdom of the valiant general of Islam, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran commemorates this immortal martyr who spent his blessed life in sincere service from Iran, Islam. and peace and security.
Martyr General Soleimani has consistently played a role consistent with the principle policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran aimed at helping to establish regional and international peace and stability, and has adopted various measures and devoted many efforts to the struggle. against international terrorism and growing terrorism. held throughout the region.
For this reason, he was rightly and proudly titled Heroes of the Counterterrorism and General of Peace. Despite this role and position, the US government, by applying double standards and false allegations such as the fight against terrorism, in a criminal act that violates the rules and principles of international law, has planned and carried out a terrorist attack against the martyr General Soleimani as one of the highest officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the territory of Iraq as the host country.
The decision then taken by US officials to publicly assassinate the international counterterrorism hero is in itself a message of support for terrorist groups who explicitly expose the lies of counterterrorism contenders.
The martyrdom of General Soleimani, Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes and their great companions, not only did not diminish the capacity of the Resistance Axis, but on the one hand permeated the internal environment of the Iran of national cohesion and unity, and on the other hand has further highlighted the strategy and discourse of the Resistance.
In response to this assassination, the swift and effective action of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran in slapping the face of the American troops stationed at the Ain al-Assad base in Iraq, as well as the spiritual effects of the blood of Iranians and Iraqi martyrs, turned the equations upside down and thwarted the American regional strategy. The flight of the United States from Afghanistan, the beginning of the withdrawal process from Iraq and the change in strategy of the American military presence in the geostrategic region of the Persian Gulf illustrate a small part of these impacts and consequences.
Without a doubt, the criminal act of the United States in martyring General Soleimani is a clear manifestation of a “terrorist attack” which was orchestrated and carried out in an organized manner by the then United States government of which the White House is. now responsible.
By international and legal standards, the US government bears “final international responsibility” for this crime. In this context, all the agents, instigators, contributors and perpetrators of this terrorist crime are responsible. Therefore, in cooperation with other bodies and the judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs adopted from the outset a number of measures based on the legal principle of “combating the impunity of criminals ”to hold these persons and entities accountable in court and will continue on this path until the end result is achieved.
The Foreign Ministry has taken many steps with the aim of monitoring the matter at all national, bilateral, regional and international levels, the reports of which have been presented to the great Iranian Nation at various times as far as possible. This pursuit of this path will continue vigorously and comprehensively.
These measures have been taken in the political, legal, international and public diplomacy dimensions. In this regard, on the foreign and international scene, special efforts have been made to prevent the distortion of the truth by the United States and its manipulation of the situation. The moral, political and legal condemnation expressed against the US government internationally for committing this crime was one of the results of these efforts.
In following up on this issue, it is necessary to underline the continued efforts of the Joint Judicial Committee between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has always taken effective and active measures to bring peace and stability to the region. Now, according to the approaches of the 13th government, which reaches out to the neighbors of the Islamic Republic of Iran for extensive and stable engagement and cooperation, the foundations for the development and strengthening of relations between the countries of the region are laid more firmly. than before.
The Iranian government and people regard themselves on the side of the governments and nations of the region and have spared and will spare no assistance to maintain territorial integrity and establish lasting stability and security, as well as development and justice. prosperity between the countries of the region and the Islamic world.
Ultimately, together with all Iranians at home and around the world, we pay homage to the noble spirit of General of Peace and Security, Haj Qassem Soleimani.