Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi says those countries that give in to the hegemonic goals of the United States and Isreal will suffer the wrath of their nations.
Raisi made the remarks in a phone call with his Iraqi counterpart, Barham Salih, on Sunday, adding that “Any country in the region, which turns a blind eye to the hegemonic goals of the United States and the Zionist regime, will not only step on the rights of its nation, but will also invoke the wrath of the Muslim nations”.
"It is now clear to everyone that foreigners are only pursuing their own interests and hegemonic goals", Raisi said, adding that “We consider the slightest insecurity in Iraq as detrimental to the entire region. Therefore, we welcome the realization of the interests of the Iraqi people and the establishment of a strong government in this country”.
The Iranian president added, “The Islamic Republic of Iran supports the unity, independence, security, and elevation of the regional and international status of Iraq”.
Iran's foreign ministry warned Iraqi authorities earlier in March that Tehran would not tolerate the use of Iraqi soil by third parties to conduct attacks against Iran.
The comment came a day after Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) targeted the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan, Erbil, with over a dozen ballistic missiles, claiming it was targeting a secret Israeli base. Tehran has armed and supported tens of thousands of Shiite militias in Iraq initially to fight the Islamic State group but later as lever of influence in Iraqi politics.