News ID: 237195
Published: 0238 GMT January 11, 2019

Zarif says wherever US goes, chaos follows

Zarif says wherever US goes, chaos follows

National Desk

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reacted to recent claims by his American counterpart in Egypt, saying that wherever US interferes, chaos follows.

“Whenever/wherever US interferes, chaos, repression & resentment follow. The day Iran mimics US clients & @SecPompeo's 'human rights models”—be it the Shah or current butchers — to become a “normal' country is the day hell freezes over. Best for the US to just get over loss of Iran, Zarif tweeted on Thursday.

The Iranian foreign minister countered US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's claims that "when America retreats, chaos often follows," saying actually the opposite is true.

Pompeo described the US as a “force for good” in the Middle East in a speech at the American University in Cairo, which contradicted President Donald Trump's announcement last month to pull troops out of the region.

Pompeo accused former US president Barack Obama of having sowed chaos by abandoning the Middle East.

“We learned that when America retreats, chaos often follows. When we neglect our friends, resentment builds. And when we partner with our enemies, they advance,” he said.

“The good news is this: The age of self-inflicted American shame is over. And so are the policies that produced so much needless suffering. Now comes the real new beginning,” Pompeo added.

Trump last month announced that he had ordered staff to execute the "full" and "rapid" withdrawal of US military from Syria. While that decision’s timing is unclear, it is widely seen as abandoning the region.

Pompeo, however, said the US withdrawal from Syria was not "a change of mission."

"Let me be clear: America will not retreat until the terror fight is over," he said, adding, "For our part, our airstrikes in the region will continue as targets arise," he added.




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