Thu, 15 Apr 2021

TEHRAN, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- A high-ranking Iranian official accused on Saturday the U.S. government of fueling "a new cycle of organized terrorism" with its airstrikes in eastern Syria on Friday, Tasnim news agency reported.

"The recent U.S. actions aiming to strengthen and expand Daesh (IS) terrorist activities in the region and brutal attacks on resistance counterterrorism forces mark the beginning of a new cycle of organized terrorism," said Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council.

U.S. warplanes on Friday conducted airstrikes on Syria's eastern province near the Syrian-Iraqi border, the first of its kind under U.S. President Joe Biden.

Shamkhani made the accusation in a meeting with Iraq's Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, who arrived in Tehran on Saturday morning and later met his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Neither Iran nor other countries "opposing terrorism" will allow terrorism to be revived in the region, Shamkhani warned.

A delay in the implementation of a law passed by the Iraqi parliament mandating the withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq will fuel tensions and escalate the crisis in the region, he added.

On Jan. 5, 2020, the Iraqi parliament passed a resolution requiring the government to end the presence of foreign forces in Iraq, two days after a U.S. drone strike at Baghdad airport killed Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy chief of Iraq's paramilitary Hashd Shaabi forces.

Meanwhile, the secretary said joint efforts and constructive talks among countries in the region are needed to mitigate crises.

He also voiced Tehran's readiness for cooperation in order to put an end to the war in Yemen.

For his part, Hussein informed about recent political and security developments in Iraq, and stressed that the priority for Baghdad is to establish security.

The Iraqi minister also mentioned the agreements reached between Iraqi and Iranian authorities regarding the payment of Iraq's debt to Iran, delayed due to foreign sanctions, and said the debt repayment will start soon.

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