Lebanese Media: IRGC Qods Force Commander Travels to Iraq

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force General Esmayeel Qa'ani traveled to Iraq on Sunday to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in an unannounced visit, the Lebanese media reported.

The Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel reported that General Qa’ani arrived in Iraq on Sunday and met with al-Kadhimi as well as other Iraqi political officials in Baghdad.

Also, the Arabic-language Al-Alam news channel reported that General Qa’ani has also met with Iraqi President Barham Salih.

During the meeting, General Qa’ani stressed the importance of avoiding any action that threatens the security of Iraq, saying that Iraq needs stability and internal unity.

According to the media sources, General Qa’ani also stressed the importance of fulfilling the demands of the Iraqi people and protesters in a legal way.

Al-Kadhimi survived an assassination attempt after a drone laden with explosives targeted his residence in the capital, Baghdad.

He escaped unhurt, but security sources said that at least six members of the prime minister’s personal protection force were wounded in Sunday’s attack.

Al-Kadhimi appealed for calm and restraint in a post on Twitter.

“I’m doing fine, praise be to God, and I call for calm and restraint on the part of everyone for the good of Iraq,” he said.

The Iraqi PM later appeared on Iraqi television, saying, “Cowardly rocket and drone attacks don’t build homelands and don’t build a future.”

The Iranian foreign ministry had condemned the assassination attempt against al-Kadhimi, stressing that it benefits those who have violated the country’s security and territorial integrity since 2003.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh in a statement on Sunday stressed the firm and continuous stance of Iran in supporting stability and security in this country.

He called on the Iraqi citizens to be aware of the conspiracies that have targeted Iraq’s security and development, describing such incidents in the interests of the parties that have violated the country’s stability, security, independence and territorial integrity over the past 18 years and by creating terrorist groups have sought to achieve their sinister goals in the region.

Khatibzadeh expressed satisfaction with the released news about Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s health after the assassination attempt, voicing hope that the Iraqi people, government and political movements would contribute to the development and prosperity of Iraq through unity and solidarity.

Source: Farsnews