Tehran (IP)- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in a telephone conversation with his Afghan counterpart said that Iran is looking forward to see its friendly neighboring governments condemn US criminal act in a collective manner.

Iran Press/Iran News: Speaking in a phone call with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan on Sunday, President Hassan Rouhani described the martyrdom of Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani, an unprecedented crime by American statesmen saying, Iran expects its friendly and neighboring governments to unanimously condemn this evil, criminal act.

The president stressed that the United States is unreliable, adding that the Islamic Republic of Iran has never initiated any act of aggression or even tension with the United States, and Iran's actions have always been a response to American aggression.

Rouhani made the remark that Iran-Afghanistan relations have been well-developed over the past few years, and expressed hope that political, economic and cultural relations further deepen with the wisdom of Tehran-Kabul officials.

The President went on to say, "Afghanistan's peace and stability is of great importance to Iran and we consider peace and stability in Afghanistan as beneficial to the people of both countries”.

Appreciating the condolences of the Afghan President, President Rouhani noted, "We know that the people of Afghanistan, like the Iranian nation, are mourning this incident”. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani expressed his condolences over the martyrdom of Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani and expressed the sympathy of the Afghan people with the Iranians.

Emphasizing the preservation of the common interests of the two countries in the region, the President of Afghanistan stated, "Iran's security is our security and the efforts of the Afghan government and nation will be to promote peace, stability, and brotherhood."

Ashraf Ghani praised the good neighborliness of the Iranian nation with Afghanistan over the past decades, referring to the long-standing and historic ties between the two nations.

This talked was held after Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani, Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis, the deputy chief of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization (al-Hashed al-Sha'abi), along with a number of other military figures were martyred by direct order of US President Donald Trump in the early hours of Friday morning (January 3, 2020).

Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani was awarded by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei as the first Iranian military official to hold Iran’s highest military order, the Order of Zulfaqar after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. 104/219

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