Western powers not play role in destroying terrorists in region: Pres. Rouhani

The Iranian president says that the hegemonic powers were not allowed to introduce themselves as the savior of the region, and now everyone knows that Western powers did not play any role in the destruction of terrorists in the region.

Expressing his satisfaction that in all the complicated and difficult circumstances of the region, the nations of Iran and Iraq have been constantly along with each other, Hassan Rouhani highlighted, during the fight against ISIS, the Islamic Republic of Iran was beside the Iraqi people.

President Rouhani made the remarks in a gathering of Iraqi elites, tribes and religious leaders in Baghdad on Tuesday.

Recalling the goals of the hegemonic powers to bring the terrorists and ISIS to the region, the Iranian high ranking official underlined, creating divisions between countries and peoples of the region, creating deep divisions between tribes and religions, justifying their illegitimate presence in the region, destroying Iraq and Syria and some of the region's countries, eventually introducing themselves as savior, and ultimately providing a violent image of Islam, were among the goals of the dominant powers. 

'The Muslims of the region were able to tell the world that these terrorists are not real Muslims and that, contrary to Islamophobic propaganda, Islam is the religion of justice, mercy and peaceful coexistence with all ethnic groups and religions”, the president noted, emphasizing that the great nation of Iraq and Syria and the vigilant people of the region foiled all the conspiracies of the arrogant powers.

Rouhani reiterated that the nations of the region showed to the whole world that the main sponsor of the terrorists is global arrogance itself, adding, 'It was quite clear where these terrorists are financed and equipped, and how the oil and the looted ancient artifacts of the region and at what markets they are selling.

'We also did not allow the domineering powers to introduce themselves as the savior of the region, and now everyone knows that they did not play any role in destroying the terrorists in the region, performing only a show with their aircraft and helicopters, and the power that was able to destroy the terrorists was the nation, the army, the Iraqi mujahideen and the fatwa of the religious authority,' the Iranian president went on to say. 

Recalling that we, as our Islamic, religious duty and neighboring Iraq from the first day, were along with the Iraqi people and are today, made the remark, “In the world, no one doubts that the winner of this war was the Iraqi people, and the terrorists had and have nothing to do with Islam and the Prophet (PBUH) and Ahlul-Bayt.

According to IRNA, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Baghdad on Monday at an official invitation by Iraqi President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi to meet Iraqi senior officials at the head of a high ranking political-economic delegation. 

Following his visit to Baghdad, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran met separately with the President, Prime Minister and Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi, and some of the Iraqi parliamentarians. 

Rouhani also delivered a speech at a trade conference in the presence of Iranian and Iraqi government as well as private sectors and at a meeting with Iraqi political representatives and activists. 

During the President's visit, the high-ranking delegations of the two countries at joint and separate meetings with their counterparts, while reviewing the latest status of agreements and the level of cooperation and new opportunities for the development and deepening of relations between the two friends and neighbors, in the presence of Rouhani and the Iraqi prime minister exchanged five documents and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two countries.

The president's visit to Iraq is three days and he will return to Tehran.

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