The Leader of the Islamic Revolution has warned against the presence of US and UK forces in Iraq, saying no one should trust US promises.
"Presence of the US and British troops in Iraq is the root cause of the different problems including terrorism and internal conflicts. So long as the US is present in Iraq, the Iraqi nation will not have a day of peace," Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said in a Sunday meeting with the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Ayatollah Khamenei touched upon the recent interim security pact between Iraq and the US, saying, "The US is so uncommitted to its undertakings. It does not even have a real friendship with its close allies in the region."
The security pact, which will extend the presence of US troops in Iraq, will be put on a national referendum in July 2009. Under the deal, US forces should leave Iraqi cities by the end of June 2009 and leave the country by the end of 2011.
Ayatollah Khamenei urged for wise and rational resistance to fight against complicated plots of the US and Britain, saying, "It should be proven to the Iraqi people that the threats by the enemy will not make the Iraqi government abandon the interest of its own people."
In his Sunday remark, the Leader said that the US intends to have a long-term presence in the region and added, "The expansion of ties between the Iraqi government and different sects, confidence in the people and strengthening relations with neighboring countries are among the main factors of Iraq's power."
Ayatollah Khamenei said, "Iran will do its utmost to promote Iraq's independence, peace and progress."
The US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 is one of the most recent instances of military adventurism.
The Bush White House launched the war in the oil-rich Middle East under the pretext that Baghdad, under the rule of former dictator Saddam Hussein, was an active producer of chemical and biological weapons with ties to al-Qaeda.
The US invasion has claimed the lives of over one million civilians and more than 4,100 American soldiers despite the fact that all US allegations have been discredited as fabrications.
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