Irans Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has categorically condemned an “astonishing” and “provocative” White House statement regarding the recent unrest in Iraq, including in the city of Basra.
Qassemi on Wednesday dismissed the statement as astonishing, provocative and irresponsible, saying that it lacks any credibility.
The spokesman said the US governments tension-provoking policies, interventionist acts and intrusive interference are the key contributors to instability, unrest, tension and divisions in the region.
"The United States’ policies in Iraq have no other result than creation of insecurity and instability in the region,” he noted.
“The recent chaos in Iraq, including the arson attack on the building of the Iranian Consulate in Basra, is the result of their short-sighted and unwise overt and covert support for groups that have promoted violence and extremism and turned them into an ordinary and everyday occurrence," said Qassemi.
"The US government should be held answerable for its years-long backing for such groups in the region, and the issuance of such statements which are suspicious and amount to a blame game is regarded as a kind of ‘fleeing forward’ (fuite en avant).”
“Still, even such statements cannot reduce their responsibility in the creation of tension and launching attacks on diplomatic and state buildings in that country and in other parts of the world," said the spokesman.
"Today, many statesmen, politicians and intellectuals across the world are well aware of the United States growing role in creating instability, insecurity and its making excessive demands coupled with bullying. The US should know that by resorting to such blame games, it will not be able to cover up the outcome of its wrong, fruitless and destabilizing policies in the region," he noted.
He then reiterated Irans fundamental and permanent policy of contributing to the maintenance of peace, stability and security in the regional countries.
"A secure and developed Iraq has always been a demand and priority for the Islamic Republic of Iran, and third parties conspiracies cannot stop the enhancement and promotion of such age-old and strong relations," Qassemi said.