Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi says a “sneak trip” by US President Donald Trump to Iraq Thursday was “outside diplomatic norms and a disrespect of the country’s national sovereignty.”
“Despite countless interventions and thousands of billions of dollars the US has wasted on its illegitimate presence in the region and in particular in Iraq, Trump still has to visit a regional country in a total secret, or so to speak, sneaky way amid the tightest security measures,” he said Friday.
The visit, he said, was strongly opposed by the Iraqi people and widely criticized by experts.
Trump made an unannounced three-hour visit to the al-Asad Air Base near Baghdad on Thursday, sparking a wave of condemnation from Iraqi political and military leaders, with some of them demanding the expulsion of US forces.
Qassemi strongly criticized Trump’s “meddlesome and opportunist” remarks in Iraq and said “regional governments and…