Jan 4, 2020, 7:05 PM
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President Rouhani: US will pay heavy price

Tehran, Jan 4, IRNA – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday said that the assassination of the IRGC commander Lieutenant-General Qasem Soleimani will have repercussions in the region, adding the US will pay a heavy price for its terrorist move.

Rouhani made the remarks in a meeting with Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in Tehran, adding the martyrdom of Soleimani has made Iranians more powerful and determined.

Americans have taken a new approach that could put the region in a very dangerous situation, he pointed out.

He went on to say that the cooperation among states that enjoy brotherly relations is necessary.

The President further noted that the Islamic Republic of Iran is not seeking tensions and regional insecurity.

What has brought tension and unrest to the region recently is the US' unwise acts, he underlined.

General Soleimani gained iconic status for combating terrorism in the world, he said adding that it is crystal clear that he played a key role in restoring regional security, particularly in Iraq and Syria.

The remarkable funeral procession took place in Iraq and the upcoming ceremony in Iran will convince the US on the serious mistake it has made, he underscored.

He called on the neighboring states to condemn the criminal move of the US in the situation.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the President stated that Iran-Qatar close relations are positive in bolstering mutual as well as regional cooperation.

He voiced the hope that the countries in the region would come together within the Hormuz Peace Initiative (HOPE).

Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, for his part, expressed his condolences on the martyrdom of Soleimani.

He called for boosting mutual ties with Iran, adding Qatar will always remember Iran's contributions in hard times.

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