Iran’s Raisi slams US military presence in Middle East, says it ‘disrupts security’

This handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on January 5, 2024, shows Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi speaking in the southern city of Kerman. (Iranian Presidency / AFP)
This handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on January 5, 2024, shows Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi speaking in the southern city of Kerman. (Iranian Presidency / AFP)

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi criticizes the deployment of US troops in the Middle East, saying it “disrupts security.”

“The presence of US forces in our region has no justification,” Raisi says in a Tehran ceremony ahead of the 45th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution on February 12.

Referring to both past and present deployments, he says the US presence “in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and the region is in no way creating security. It disrupts the security in the region.”

Raisi’s remarks to foreign diplomats come while US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was on a regional tour for talks on a possible ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas after four months of war.

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