TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Zamir Kabulov said in a statement on Wednesday that Washington’s claims about Iran becoming a “safe haven” for al-Qaeda are baseless.

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“It seems that (US Secretary of State) Mr (Mike) Pompeo, at the end (of Donald Trump’s presidency), wants to do something else to hurt Iran. But this is absolutely unsubstantiated and unreasonable. There is absolutely no information”, Kabulov said when asked if Moscow had any info about the assertion of Tehran’s links to al-Qaeda.

The statement comes a day after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif went on Twitter to berate Pompeo over his allegations that Tehran develops ties with al-Qaeda.

Zarif called the allegations ostensibly based on “fictitious” intelligence data, adding that Mr “we lie, cheat, steal” Pompeo “is pathetically ending his disastrous career with more warmongering lies”.

The remarks followed Pompeo accusing Iran of actively supporting al-Qaeda, claiming that the Islamic Republic currently serves as a “home base” for the terrorist group and provides operatives with travel documents and logistical support.