Iran says foreign troops should leave region after Bin Laden's death   2011-05-03 00:08:16 FeedbackPrintRSS

TEHRAN, May 2 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Monday that after the death of Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden there will remain no excuse for foreign troops to stay in the region to fight terrorism.

Mehmanparast said that "The Islamic Republic believes that foreign countries now have no excuse for military build-up in the region to fight terrorism." the official IRNA news agency reported.

U.S. President Barack Obama announced Sunday night that a U. S. operation had killed bin Laden outside the Pakistani capital Islamabad and hailed the terrorist leader's death as the "most significant achievement" in U.S. efforts to defeat al-Qaida.

Mehmanparast expressed hope that the death of bin Laden "will put an end to war, bloodshed and killing of innocent people."

"We hope the event will ... lead to restoration of peace and tranquillity to the region," he added.

"Iran, as one of the main victims of terrorism, strongly condemns any act of terror in the world including organized terrorism in the Zionist regime (of Israel)," he was quoted by the satellite Press TV as saying.

"Americans have used the issue (al-Qaida and bin Laden) as an excuse to step in Afghanistan," said Iranian lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi. "The Americans have been in Afghanistan for years on the grounds that the perpetrators of 9/11 incident are in Afghanistan."

"And now, the forces from 48 countries are in Afghanistan enjoying the support of the United States, and the Americans are planning to sign a security pact with the Afghani government," said Boroujerdi, head of Iranian Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission.

"As the brave and Muslim Afghani people resisted the ex-Soviet Union (invasion to Afghanistan) ... they will resist the U.S." presence in their country as well, he was quoted as saying by state IRIB TV website.

However, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday that the death of bin Laden dose not mean that the fight with terrorism is over and strikes on al-Qaida will not end with the death of its leader.

Noting that the terror group's "syndicate of terror" does not end with its leader's death, the top U.S. envoy vowed to purse relentlessly the murderers all over the world.

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