Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said on Thursday that Tehran will not allow Israel to jeopardize the security of Iran and the region.
Speaking during a meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, Raisi said Iran “seriously expects” neighboring countries, especially Iraq, to not allow the presence of entities that endanger Iran’s security, either in territories controlled by the federal government or in the Kurdish region.
The attack, which comprised a dozen ballistic missiles, came in response to the killing of two IRGC members in an Israeli bombardment on the outskirts of Damascus.
It led to heightened tensions between Baghdad and Tehran when some Iraqi authorities criticized the missile strike.
Raisi said Iran was “closely observing” the acts of Israel and it will not allow them to “endanger the stability of the region through any country, including Iraq.”
He highlighted that Iraq’s security must be provided by the Iraqis themselves, without the presence of outsiders, in an implicit reference to US forces.
Hussein, for his part, declared Iraq will “never be a foundation for working against the security of Iran,” and that his country was ready for “extensive collaboration with Iran, including in the sphere of security.”