Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, said that Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani aims to build a government “that is under the control of the Iranian regime.”
During her remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the situation in the Middle East on Sept. 20, Haley added that Soleimani is leading an effort to influence the composition of a new Iraqi government.
In recent months, Iran’s aggression has escalated as Iranian proxies in Iraq operate openly, with funding, training, and weapons supplied by Tehran.
"And let’s be clear about what Soleimani is up to in Iraq. He is not there to help create a government in Baghdad that is responsive to the Iraqi people," Haley said. “He is there to build an Iraqi government that is under the control of the Iranian regime.”
Haley also added that “Iran sees Iraq as merely a transit point for Iranian weapons and a training ground for Iranian proxies. Iran seeks to keep Iraq economically weak and dependent on its exports – even though Iraq has plenty of its own resources. Why? Because Iran wants to use a weak Iraq to illicitly fund its terrorist activities.”
By the end of her remarks, Haley called upon all members of the Security Council and all who respect the right to self-determination for the Iraqi people to be concerned regarding the subject and come to their defense.