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Iran accuses US of recent events in the Middle East


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, during a telephone conversation with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Leuven, said the United States is to blame for recent events in the Middle East, according to the official website of Rouhani.

“Americans are responsible for recent events in the region, and we should all clearly condemn US crimes,” he said, adding that the Iranian attack on the US base in Iraq was carried out in accordance with Article 51 of the UN Charter and is not a crime.

Rouhani added that the problems of the Middle East should be solved only by the countries of the region through political dialogue with respect for the sovereignty of each state.

The Iranian President also said that it is necessary to restore security and peace in the region in order to prevent tragic incidents in the future.

“We all need to unite and return security to the region, and also allow peace to reign in the region. We must prevent such terrifying events anywhere in the world,” Rouhani said.

In turn, the Swedish Prime Minister expressed his condolences over the death of many Iranians as a result of the collapse of the Ukrainian Boeing, and also noted that he appreciated Iran’s taking responsibility for this. Leuven called for a transparent investigation and announced Sweden’s readiness to help.

The telephone conversation took place after the Iranian military admitted that they unintentionally shot down a Ukrainian plane, mistaking it for an “enemy target”, namely for a cruise missile. At the same time, Iran noted that they expected an attack from the United States, and therefore the country’s air defense systems were put on full alert.

The Boeing 737-800 Ukraine International Airlines flying to Kiev crashed shortly after leaving Tehran’s airport early Wednesday morning. Killed all 176 people on board: 167 passengers from Iran, Ukraine, Canada, Germany, Sweden and Afghanistan and nine crew members.


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