Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike alongside Iraqi anti-Daesh (ISIS)* militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Baghdad on 3 January 2020. The assassination prompted Iran to launch ballistic missiles at US bases in Iraq, and brought Tehran and Washington to the brink of war.
The United States government cannot remain unpunished for Qasem Soleimani’s murder, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Iran’s newly appointed foreign minister, has announced.
“One of our main priorities at the foreign ministry is to pursue serious legal and international action against the great heroes of the fight against terrorism,” the top diplomat said, referring to Soleimani and al-Muhandis, while speaking at a memorial at the Baghdad airport where the commanders were killed. Tasnim quoted Amir-Abdollahian’s remarks.
Amir-Abdollahian emphasized that the US government “must be held accountable, even though it was the previously administration that committed the crime.”
The new top face of Iranian diplomacy arrived in Baghdad on Saturday in his first trip as foreign minister for a regional security conference hosted by Iraqi government. A career diplomat and close affiliate of the late Soleimani, Amir-Abdollahian was sworn in as foreign minister on Wednesday with the unanimous support of Iran’s parliament.
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