Iranian official on Obama’s respect for Qassem Soleimani

Parviz Fatah: In Iraq, our common friend, Mr. Jalal Talebani was the president. He was so kind to us. And he loved Haj Qassem [Soleimani]. I had become the minister, and Mr. Talebani had become the president [of Iraq]. I had gone to see him, and we were talking. He was very friendly to me and we were joking. During war, I was in Talebani’s house for a long time – in his house in Iraq. He was a guerilla fighter and was fighting. He turned to me and said Brother Fatah, a while ago Haj Qassem was sitting exactly where you are sitting now. And he pointed to the place where I was sitting. [Talebani said] As we were talking, my secretary came in and said something to me. Haj Qassem said, what is going on? I told him he [the secretary] is saying the US president is on the line and wants to talk to me. Haj Qassem said, go ahead and talk. At that time Obama was America’s president. They connected him. Haj Qassem said, do you want me to leave? I said, no, stay. I picked up the phone. I exchanged greeting with the US president and told him, do you know who is sitting in front of me? He said, no. I said Haj Qassem Soleimani. On the phone, Obama said, General Soleimani? I said, yes. This is what he [Talebani] told me. He said, I understood from Obama’s tone, it was like he was standing in respect to Haj Qassem. He was standing in awe of Haj Qassem.

[Head of Mostazafan Foundation Parviz Fatah relates a story of how former US president Obama’s respect for Qassem Soleimani who was recently killed by the US forces.]

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