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17 January 2024 - 21:07
Iran attack didn't target Pakistani nationals: FM

Iran's foreign minister says the country's Tuesday missile attack on areas in Pakistan adjacent to Iranian borders was directed at the so-called Jaish al-Adl terrorist group and no Pakistani national was targeted.

Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said members of the terrorist group are Iranians and that Tehran had repeatedly warned Pakistan to prevent their anti-Iran cross-border operations, Press TV reported.

"We respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan and Iraq, but we do not allow our national security to be compromised, and we have no compunction about [dealing with] terrorist parties inside Pakistan and Israeli movements in the Kurdistan region of Iraq."

He said the attacks were aimed at protecting the security of Iran, its neighbors, and also the wider region.

"What we did was aimed at boosting the security of Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, and the region. We consider the security of Iraq and Pakistan to be that of the Islamic Republic of Iran," he said.

In his remarks, Amir Abdollahian said the only solution to prevent escalation in the Red Sea and other parts of the region is for the US-Israeli genocide of Palestinians in Gaza to come to an end.

He said Iran had repeatedly warned that the continuation of the genocide against Palestinians will lead the Gaza war to spread to other parts of the region.

He also urged Washington to stop its unwavering support for Israel, and to push for an end to the onslaught. 

He said Washington’s support for Israel was its first mistake concerning the ongoing situation in the region, and its second mistake was staging direct attacks on Yemeni boats.

Amir-Abdollahian stressed the importance of maritime security in the Red Sea, saying Iran conducts much of its trade through seas and it benefits from security in international waters.

He said Yemen also believes that international waters must be secure, and that its attacks are only aimed at bringing the Israeli genocide in Gaza to a halt.

Amir-abdollahian warned that “everyone will be harmed" if Israel’s crimes in Gaza do not stop immediately.

"An end to the genocide in Gaza will lead to an end of attacks and crises in the region.”

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