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Iran urges Ireland to stop allowing US to use Shannon Airport for military stopovers

Iranian ambassador to Ireland said Irish airports or Trump's Irish golf resort would not be targets for retaliation

Iran urges Ireland to stop allowing US to use Shannon Airport for military stopovers

Shannon Airport in County Clare.

Iran’s ambassador to Ireland has called on the Dublin government to stop allowing the United States to use Shannon Airport for transitioning American troops through to US bases in the Middle East.

“In principle, we would ask the authorities to reconsider the use of Shannon Airport to facilitate military action by the US, which has been an issue at the local level, at the national level in Ireland,” Masoud Eslami, Iran’s trop diplomat in Dublin, was quoted as saying in an interview with The Irish Times.

Shannon Airport in County Clare, in the west of Ireland has traditionally been used by US military aircraft as a stopover for refuelling, while flying eastwards and was regularly during the Gulf Wars.

Eslami also said it was unlikely Shannon Airport, or President Donald Trump’s gold resort in the west of Ireland would be targeted for any Iranian retaliation following the US killing of a prominent Iranian military commander in Baghdad.

“I can assure you targeting personal properties of Trump or places like Shannon Airport are not considered to be targeted in Iran’s retaliations or measures that are going to be taken against the deliberate attacks by the United States,” Eslami told reporters.

On Friday, January 3, the US conducted a strike against a vehicle convoy in Baghdad and the Pentagon confirmed the death of Qasem Soleimani, Commander of Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-Quds Force and Abu Mehdi Muhandis. The move has spurred hostilities between Washington and Tehran.

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