During an April 13, 2022 visit by the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Ground Forces, Mohammad Pakpour, to the graves of martyrs in the city of Kerman, and to the grave of the late IRGC Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani, a ceremony was conducted for renewing the IRGC commanders' covenant with and loyalty to Soleimani. Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq in January 2020.
The following are the main points of Pakpour's statements at the ceremony, and photos from it.
"The brothers in arms of Soleimani, and even his trained forces, are completely prepared, as in the past, and throughout the life of Qassem Soleimani, to repel any threat.
"You saw this after Soleimani was martyred, and the [entire] world saw it [as well]. At the same time, the blood of Hajj Soleimani is of such great importance that [even] if all the American leaders are killed, vengeance for the blood of Hajj Qassem will [still] not be complete. Therefore, we must avenge the blood of Hajj Qassem in other ways.
"So far, we have given a crushing response to the operations of the Zionist regime, and to America. After the killing of Hajj Qassem, we have reached the point of deterrence, and the enemies are no longer capable of acting against the Islamic Republic [of Iran].
"Now, the equation has been defined, and the enemy understands, and knows, that if it does not follow it, it will receive a powerful blow. We will continue with this equation. Inspired by his heroism, the children, soldiers, and comrades of Hajj Qassem will stand against any plot, and the world realizes this."
Below are photos of IRGC Ground Forces commander Pakpour at the ceremony at Soleimani's grave, from the April 13, 2022 report by the Iranian news agency ISNA.
Pakpour (right), at Soleimani's grave.