1104 GMT February 21, 2018
Iranian foreign minister said on Monday that those who are fighting against terrorists in Iraq are at their home and do not wait for anybody's order.
Mohammad Javad Zarif made the comments in response to recent remarks by the US secretary of state about the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) who have been fighting terrorists in the Arab country in recent years, IRNA reported.
Speaking after a meeting on Sunday with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Tillerson said it was time for the PMU members to “go home”.
Iraqi people are at their home and they do not wait for anybody's order, Zarif told reporters on the sidelines of the 13th Iran-South Africa Joint Commission session in the South African capital city of Pretoria.
Earlier on Sunday, the Iranian foreign minister posted a message on his twitter account, saying, “Exactly what country is it that Iraqis who rose up to defend their homes against ISIS [Daesh] return to? Shameful US FP, dictated by petrodollars”.
Unlike the US, Iran sees its interest in cooperation with the regional countries, Zarif added.
Upon his arrival in Pretoria on Sunday, the top Iranian diplomat said, “Unfortunately, the Americans do not want to rectify their viewpoint [and understand] that Iran is a source of stability and peace as well as a campaigner against terrorism in the region.”
Zarif emphasized that Daesh terrorist group would have formed an established government in Damascus, Baghdad and Erbil if Iranian military advisors, who are assisting the Syrian and Iraqi armies in their counterterrorism operations, had not helped those countries, Press TV reported.
The Iranian foreign minister expressed regret that US allies have been the root cause of instability and crisis in the region and said the Americans and world people are becoming aware of the fact that the wrong US approaches have greatly backfired on Washington itself.
Zarif urged US politicians to “correct their wrong views as soon as possible and stop supporting Saudi Arabia in killing Yemeni children and the elderly” to prevent more damage to the region.
Iran has been providing military advisory support to Syria as well as Iraq in their campaign against terrorism at the request of the two countries’ governments.