Iran says continued presence of U.S. troops in Iraq "unacceptable": spokesman

21:52, August 31, 2010      

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Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that the partial withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq is not "acceptable."

Talking to the reporters in his weekly press briefing, Mehmanparast said that the continued presence of the U.S. troops in Iraq under different pretexts, such as training Iraqi forces is "not acceptable."

This indicates that the U.S. officials have not done serious measures to pull out their forces from Iraq, said Mehmanparast.

"The U.S. officials statements over the pullout of their troops are contradictory, since the U.S. President Barack Obama had said it would pull out U.S. forces from Iraq but they are continuing to keep part of their forces in the country, he added.

"I don't think the presence of the foreign forces in the region is for the good of the nations of the region," he stressed.

Last week, the U.S. military said it had cut its troops in Iraq to below 50,000 before Aug. 31, which Barack Obama has set as the end of combat operations in Iraq. The remaining U.S. troops will conduct support and training missions. The last U.S. troops will leave Iraq by the end of 2011.

Source: Xinhua

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