Ayatollah Khamenei Asks Iraqis to Avoid Trusting Washington

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called on the Iraqis to keep vigilance about the US divisive plots, underlining that Washington is not trustworthy since it is seeking to harm Iraq.

Ayatollah Khamenei Asks Iraqis to Avoid Trusting Washington

At a meeting with the visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Tehran, the Leader pointed to the US opposition to the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units, also known as Hashd al-Sha’bi, and stated that Washington is seeking to deprive Iraq from its key element of strength.

Ayatollah Khamenei also hailed the unity and coherence among all Iraqi political and faith movements in their fight against Daesh (also known as ISIL or ISIS) terrorist group.

“In no way trust the Americans because they are waiting to gain an opportunity to strike their blow,” the Leader stated.

Imam Khamenei then warned that any division and rift in Iraq would provide the opportunity for the US to harm Iraq.

“The chance should not be given to them (the Americans) and also the presence of US forces in Iraq under the pretext of training (of Iraqi units) should be prevented.”

The Leader further emphasized that the US and some of its allies in the region do not seek the destruction and eradication of Daesh as the terrorist group has been created through their support and money.

Elsewhere, Imam Khamenei reiterated the Islamic Republic of Iran’s support for Iraq’s territorial integrity, adding that Tehran is against certain murmurs about the holding of a referendum for the separation of a region of Iraq.

At the meeting, also attended by Iran's First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri, Abadi praised Tehran’s support for Baghdad in the fight against Daesh and said his visit to Tehran is aimed at further expansion of the two countries’ ties in different fields.

He said all Iraqi political and sectarian factions are now united in the fight against Daesh.

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