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Parliament speaker: US assassination of Gen. Soleimani glaring example of 'state terrorism'

Iran’s Parliament speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf speaks at the 13th session of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) in the Turkish city of Antalya.

Iran’s Parliament speaker has termed the assassination of top anti-terror commander General Qassem Soleimani and his associates in a US airstrike in the Iraqi capital Baghdad three years ago as a clear example of “state terrorism”.

Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, speaking at the 13th session of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) in the Turkish city of Antalya, recalled the dastardly crime authorized by then-US president Donald Trump against the international heroes of the fight against terrorism.

The third martyrdom anniversary of Gen. Soleimani and former deputy head of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was commemorated last week with tremendous fervor in Iran and other countries in the region.

Qalibaf, a close friend and associate of Gen. Soleimani, said the former IRGC Quds Force commander spent his life in sincere service to ensuring regional and global security and took effective measures against international terrorism and Takfiri groups.

Trump and all his accomplices and deputies, Iran's parliament speaker stressed, must be held accountable in concerned courts and judicial bodies.

In other remarks, Ghalibaf said the issue of Palestine and its oppressed people deserves more serious attention from international circles.

“We believe that the final solution of the Palestinian crisis will be possible not through imposed plans to consolidate the occupation, but by referring to the votes of the Palestinian people, the return of the Palestinian refugees to the country, and the establishment of a just peace," he asserted.

He reaffirmed Iran's readiness in overcoming existing challenges and achieving common goals among regional countries, especially in strengthening the institutions of multilateralism.

The Asian Parliamentary Assembly is among the most important institutions in Asia, which plays a role in promoting multilateralism.

This year's assembly is hosted by Turkey between January 9 and 10, with seven countries participating at the level of speaker and four countries attending at the level of deputy speaker. 

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