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US presence in region, mistake from beginning: Iran's FM spox

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Dec 22, IRNA -- The presence of US troops in the region was from the outset a mistake and it has always been among the major destabilizing factors in the region, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Saturday.

Regarding the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, Bahram Qassemi said, the presence of US forces in the region was a wrong, irrational and tension-inducing move, giving rise to regional instability and insecurity.

'The detailed examination of the region's developments during recent decades and to this day shows the presence of the foreign element under various pretexts in this important and sensitive area bore no fruit except creating tension and insecurity and escalating disputes.'

Donald Trump announced on Thursday US military forces will soon pull out from Syria.

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Trump's decision has been made in consultation with the country's top officials and he agrees with the president on the issue.

Following the decision, Secretary of Defense James Mattis who reportedly was at odds with Trump stepped down.

'Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position,' read part of his resignation letter to Trump.

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