Iran Condemns Bush’s Iraq Strategy

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini here on Thursday condemned the new strategy of the US President George W. Bush for Iraq, describing it as a further effort by the US to continue occupation of that country.

According to a statement released by the Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Bureau, Hosseini further viewed Bush’s new decision to increase the number of the US troops in Iraq as an improper gift given to the American people at the beginning of the new Christian year.

“Increasing the number of the US troops in Iraq can spark expansion of insecurities and tension in that country and will fail to help to the settlement of Iraq’s problems,” the diplomat continued.

He also stated that the US is trying to cover its wrong policies in Iraq through projecting its problems and accusing other countries of practicing interventionist policies and measures in Iraq.

Stressing that the immediate withdrawal of the US troops from Iraq constitutes the only way for the US to get rid of its frequent problems, the foreign ministry spokesman said, “Deployment of Patriot Missiles in Iraq is viewed as another effort made by the United States to create a protective security umbrella for the Zionist regime of Israel through an Islamic state and it is condemned by both Iran and the Muslims worldwide.”

To conclude his remarks, he assessed assignment of a coordinator for Iraq’s affairs by George Bush as the United States’ continued blatant intervention in Iraq’s domestic affairs.

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