Iran's President Ebrahim Raeisi has blamed the world’s hegemonic powers for the assassination of a member of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), vowing “definite revenge” over the Sunday terrorist attack in the Iranian capital.
Raeisi said hegemonic powers “have a hand in this crime,” given their failure in the face of Iranian resistance soldiers, adding that the terrorist attack fully exposed the enemies’ frustration.
He made the remarks on Monday before setting off for Muscat at the formal invitation of Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said.
He called on Iranian judicial authorities to seriously follow up on the assassination, underlining that revenge is certain on those who perpetrated the criminal act.
The attack on Colonel Hassan Sayyad Khodaei happened in Tehran at around 4 p.m. local time (1130 GMT) on Sunday when two motorcyclists shot him five times while he was in his car.
The IRIB news agency reported that three bullets hit him in the head and two bullets hit his hand.
The two motorcyclists fled the scene. In a statement, the IRGC said the assassination was carried out by “counterrevolutionary elements.”
It also said necessary measures have been taken to identify and arrest the assailant or assailants.
Raeisi’s visit to Oman
On his visit to Muscat, Raeisi said Iran and the Sultanate of Oman are determined to expand their mutual ties in various sectors, including trade, energy, and tourism.
Iran’s chief executive stated that he plans to sign a series of agreements during the trip and will also focus on efforts to promote bilateral and regional cooperation with Oman.
“The remarkable key point in the region is that dialog and cooperation among the regional countries would create security. The presence of foreign forces in the region does not create security by any means and could even threaten regional security,” Raeisi noted.