FROM IRAN TO ITS ALLIES: BE ON HIGH ALERT IN TRUMP'S FINAL WEEKS IN OFFICE


22/11/2020




Selin ATAY-TDO- Tehran has instructed its allies in the Middle East to be on high alert and avoid tensions with the United States during President Donald Trump's final weeks in office, Iraqi officials said.

At meetings in Baghdad, the top Iranian general warned Iran's allies to be on high alert. In his warning, the Iranian general mentioned about "growing regional concern over Trump's unpredictable behavior and uncertainty over the chaotic transition period that will last until Biden takes over.”

Iran's allies have welcomed Donald Trump's US election defeat, which has plagued relations with Tehran since he took office.

Tensions between the Trump administration and Iran had reached a high level, especially when Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was killed earlier this year in an operation by an armed US drone. Tehran has launched rocket attacks on two U.S. military bases in Iraq in response to assassination of Qasem Soleimani.

Two senior Iraqi politicians who attended the meetings in Baghdad made statements on the issue. According to Iraqi politicians, the message given to Tehran's allies by Brigadier General Esmail Qa'ani, the Commanding Officer of the Jerusalem Force leading the talks, included "avoiding giving Trump the opportunity to launch a new wave of violence before he leaves office."

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has also previously made statements about the Biden government. In a statement, the Iranian President had argued that the Biden government should "make amends for past mistakes." Rouhani said Iran suffered about $ 150 billion in damages because of U.S. sanctions.

An Iraqi government official confirmed that Esmail Qa'ani met with Iranian-backed groups in Iraq this week.

Also in Lebanon, Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Iran-backed Hezbollah, warned his supporters and allies to be vigilant in Donald Trump's final weeks in office. In a televised speech earlier in November, Hassan Nasrallah urged his followers to "be prepared for any danger, aggression or harm." "We should all be on high alert for these two months to pass peacefully," Nasrallah said.


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