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US presence in Persian Gulf only fuels insecurity: Iran Chief of Staff

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Mon / 31 December 2018 / 11:19

Tehran (ISNA) - Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri says the United States is only fueling insecurity in the Persian Gulf through its presence in the strategic region.

Speaking to reporters in the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, the top Iranian military chief said US President Donald Trump's plan to withdraw troops from Syria was of no significance for defensive and security missions in the region.

"The US exit from Syria was the humiliating withdrawal of a country that was present there without the consent and approval of the Syrian people and the legal government," General Bagheri said.

Iran's military chief noted that the Americans have always sowed insecurity wherever they had a presence, adding, "Their retreat from Syria and other parts of the region will certainly lead to increased security and peace".

Bagheri emphasized that the Persian Gulf countries are capable of ensuring security on their own and the US presence in the region has no outcome except for creating insecurity, Press TV reported.

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