Iran’s foreign minister welcomed the departure of US President Donald Trump and his administration Wednesday while suggesting that newly elected President Joe Biden should abandon his predecessor’s policies.
"Trump, [Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo & Co. are relegated to the dustbin of history in disgrace," Javad Zarif said on Twitter shortly after Biden took office.
"But the memories of Gen Soleimani & the 1000s murdered, maimed & starved of food & meds by Trump's state—& economic—terrorism & crimes against humanity will shine on," the top Iranian diplomat added.
He implied that the US should change its policy, saying: "Perhaps new folks in [Washington] DC have learned."
Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Quds Force, was killed in a US drone strike in Baghdad on Jan. 3, 2020.
Earlier Wednesday, Biden was officially sworn in as the 46th president of the US and Kamala Harris as vice president.