Continuing the path of General Soleimani will guarantee the prosperity and freedom of Muslims from Western domination, General Salami said, addressing a ceremony to commemorate the second anniversary of the martyrdom of General Soleimani in the Southern city of Kerman.
“Martyr Soleimani brought honor and respect for the Islamic Ummah and we will continue this path,” he added.
“We will never allow the enemy and the allies of the enemy to infiltrate into the Islamic countries,” General Salami said.
Observing the guidelines of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution is one of the reasons behind the honor of the martyr Soleimani, he added.
In relevant remarks on Tuesday, IRGC Deputy Commander for Political Affairs Brigadier General Yadollah Javani said that the US assassinated General Soleimeni to take revenge for its defeats in the region.
The US breached international norms to assassinate General Soleimani since it used to view the heroic personality as “the key factor behind America’s failure in the 21st century to take hold of the world’s leadership”, General Javani said.
The world’s “leadership” means all nations, countries and powers should accept that the US is the boss and place the management of global affairs in Washington’s hands, he explained.
Washington sought to start realizing the ambition by subjugating the Middle East region to its will first, General Javani noted.
General Soleimani successfully commanded over the IRGC’s Qods Force for more than two decades, 18 years of which was concurrent with the time when Washington was trying to implement its plot in the region, he added.
Former Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, his Iraqi trenchmate Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s PMU, and ten of their deputies were martyred by an armed drone strike as their convoy left Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020. The attack was ordered by then US President Donald Trump.
To date, Iran’s chief civilian prosecutor has indicted tens of individuals in connection with the assassination, among them former president Trump, the head of US Central Command General Kenneth McKenzie Jr., and former US Secretaries of State and Defense Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper.
The file remains open to the further addition of individuals that Tehran determines to have played a role in the killing.
Both commanders were highly popular because of their key role in fighting against the ISIL terrorist group in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.
Back in January 2020, two days after the assassination, the Iraqi parliament passed a law requiring the Iraqi government to end the presence of the US-led foreign forces in the Arab country.
Last year, Baghdad and Washington reached an agreement on ending the presence of all US combat troops in Iraq by the end of 2021.
The US military declared the end of its combat mission in Iraq this month, but resistance forces remain bent on expelling all American forces, including those who have stayed in the country on the pretext of training Iraqi forces or playing an advisory role.
Since the assassination, Iraqi resistance forces have ramped up pressure on the US military to leave their country, targeting American bases and forces on numerous occasions, at one point pushing the Americans to ask them to “just leave us alone”.
Iran and Iraq in a joint statement last month underlined their determination to identify, prosecute and punish the culprits behind the assassination of General Soleimani and al-Muhandis.
Iran and Iraq have issued a joint statement on an investigation into the “criminal and terrorist” assassination by the US of top anti-terror commanders of the two countries in Baghdad in 2020, Deputy Head of Iran’s Judiciary for international affairs and secretary general of the country’s High Council for Human Rights Kazzem Qaribabadi said.
He added that the statement was issued during the second session of a joint Iran-Iraq committee investigating the murder of General Soleimani and al-Muhandis.
Qaribabadi said that in the statement, Iran and Iraq stressed that the assassinations were a “violation of the rules of international law, including relevant international conventions on the fight against terrorism”.