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Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called on Prime Minister of the Armed Forces Adel Abdul Mahdi, the need for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq as soon as possible.
Earlier today, Abdul-Mahdi arrived in the capital Tehran with a high-level political and economic delegation at the official invitation of Iranian President Hassan Rowhani.
“If the Iraqi government and officials are dependent on America, America will not mind that,” Khamenei said during a meeting with Abdul Mahdi and his delegation.
“The government, the Iraqi parliament and the total of current political activists in this country are not wanted by the Americans, so they are planning to remove this group from the Iraqi political scene.”
Khamenei said that “America’s goal of being in Iraq goes beyond mere military presence, they seek long-term presence and interests and the establishment of a government similar to the military governments that existed in the first period of the occupation of Iraq.”
“The presence of US military personnel in the countries of the region is detrimental to the interests of the countries and peoples of the region,” he said.
“They should take a step that would prompt Americans to withdraw their troops from Iraq as soon as possible because, wherever they stay for a long time in a country, the process of getting them out has been difficult,” he said.