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Trump And ISIS The Only Ones 'Celebrating Soleimani's Killing', Zarif Alleges

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the Raisina Dialogue 2020 in New Delhi, January 15, 2020

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif on Wednesday alleged that only ISIS and President Donald Trump are celebrating the killing of Iran's top Qods Force Commander General Qassem Soleimani.

Speaking at the Raisina Dialogue, an annual foreign policy conference in New Delhi, Zarif claimed that Soleimani was the single most effective force against Daesh (ISIS) and added: "The two people celebrating the death of General Soleimani are ISIS and President Trump".

Iran has always claimed it played the leading role in the defeat of ISIS in Iraq and presented Soleimani as the architect of anti-ISIS forces.

The United States and its allies on the other hand saw Soleimani as the architect in creating and supporting a network of militant groups throughout the region.

Zarif went on to say: "They have to say where they are standing, the United States. We knew where Daesh was standing. Now we know where President Trump is standing. Somebody has to clarify. I hope Daesh at least says that I'm not following President Trump".

Reiterating claims by Iranian officials that Soleimani's visit to Iraq was to deliver a diplomatic message to the Iraqi Prime Minister, Zarif told the conference that the United States accused Soleimani of trying to wage a war against them by hitting four of their embassies and added: "Now we know that President Trump authorized the killing seven months ago...and that there was no threat against U.S. embassies".

Zarif also defended the missile attack on two Iraqi military bases following Soleimani's targeted killing as an act of self-defense under Article 51 of the UN charter.