Right after the listing, Iran's Foreign Ministry had advised its country's Supreme National Security Council to include CENTCOM
in its list of terrorist groups.
The statement further condemned the US decision as "unlawful and unreasonable action" prompted by the Islamic Republic's regional influence and success in fighting against terrorists, and blamed CENTCOM
for harming Iran's national security as well as ruining the lives of "innocent Iranian and non-Iranian individuals" to promote the US "aggressive policies" in West Asia (the Middle-East).
General McKenzie Jr., who took over as head of the US CENTCOM
last month after General Joseph Votel's retirement, also led a delegation that met with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa yesterday, the Inter-Services Public Relations said.
The US CENTCOM
Commander also expressed appreciation for Pakistan's sacrifices in the war against terrorism and learned of the recent moves against extremist groups in Pakistan under the National Action Plan (NAP).
The designation came after a letter by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in which he called on the SNSC Chief President Hassan Rouhani to add the US CENTCOM
to Iran's list of terror groups.FM Zarif called for the designation given the overt and covert support of US military forces in the region for terrorist groups and their direct involvement in terrorist activities, the Foreign Ministry announced in a statement on Monday.
McKenzie acknowledged the National Defense Strategy's new emphasis on China and Russia--which has already reduced forces assigned to CENTCOM
--has impacted the frequency of US aircraft carrier deployments in the region.
General Paul Atal, who was Centcom
chief for 10 months.
The US military divides the world into multiple leaders, with CENTCOM
responsible for several hot war zones in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and the Gulf./ End
WASHINGTON: Prince Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the US, visited the US Central Command (CENTCOM
) headquarters in Tampa, Florida.
Under the agreement, Sallyport Global Holdings will provide technical services including inspections, assessments, repairs, reports and training for facilities and operations related projects within the US Central Command (CENTCOM
) Area of Responsibility.
The US Central Command (Centcom
) on Sunday denied reports it was leaving the Al-Udeid airbase in Qatar, saying that such reports are false and without merit.
Once alerted to the unauthorized access, Centcom
implemented additional security measures to prevent unauthorized access."