Iraqis gather during a rally marking the second anniversary of the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani. In a letter to the head of the UN General Assembly, Iran has called for a resolution against the murder of Soleimani. Photo: Ameer Al Mohammedaw / dpa
“The UN should exhaust all its possibilities, including in the form of a resolution, to condemn this act of terrorism and to avoid such crimes in the future,” said Vice President Mohammed Dehghan in the letter published by the Iranian media on Sunday.
Soleimani was killed with a US drone attack on January 3, 2020 in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on the orders of US President Donald Trump. The Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis also died next to him. According to Tehran, Soleimani was on a diplomatic mission in Iraq. The attack endangers compliance with international laws and, in this case, peace in the region, said Dehghan. The UN should therefore immediately condemn this inhuman incident in the strongest possible way, said the Vice President and head of the legal department in the Presidential Office.
Criticism of the international community
Since the general’s death, Iran – especially the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) – has been demanding vengeance. At the same time, Tehran condemns the silence of the international community about the attack and accuses it of discrimination in international law.
Soleimani was the commander of the Al-Kuds Brigades, which is considered to be the IRGC overseas unit. It plays a particularly important role in the Syrian conflict and also helped to keep President Bashar al-Assad in power. According to Tehran, the West should be grateful to General Soleimani for preventing the Islamic State (IS) terrorist militia from marching into the region. In Iran Soleimani is classified as a national hero for this, but the US sees him as a terrorist and the military face of Iranian interference in the neighboring countries of the region.