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Post by RamblerNash on Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:44 am

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2020-09-30 04:11
 
Shafaq News / Iraqi Minister of foreign affairs Fouad Hussein called on Wednesday for the US government to reconsider its decision to close its embassy in Baghdad.

This is the first official acknowledgment by the federal government after reports were received about Washington's intention to close its embassy in Iraq due to the increasing attacks by the armed Pro-Iranian factions.

Hussein said in a press conference held after a meeting that brought together ambassadors from 25 countries, in the presence of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, "the closure of the US embassy in Baghdad gives wrong signals to the extremists, as they will consider it as a victory for them. It will also give wrong signals to the Iraqi people that they will be isolated from the world".

He added, "We hope that the US administration will reconsider its decision".

Hussein pointed out that, "the Iraqi government is not relieved with the American decision to close its embassy in Baghdad nor withdrawing its forces from Iraq, as there are possibilities that this will lead to other withdrawals and affect the economic situation".

"We were frank during our visit to Iran that these operations would lead to chaos and a security and political disaster in Iraq and the region", Hussein added.

The minister noted that Iraq is communicating with many countries to convice the US of reconsidering its decision.

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Iraq calls on Washington to reconsider the decision of closing its embassy in Baghdad Empty The Secretary of State gets a call from his US counterpart

Post by claud39 on Sat Oct 03, 2020 11:03 am

[size=34]The Secretary of State gets a call from his US counterpart[/size]


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Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein received a phone call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday evening, 02/10/2020, and the conversation focused on relations and bilateral ties between the two countries, and the US administration’s initial decision to withdraw the embassy from Baghdad.

The Minister expressed concern about this decision, despite it being a sovereign decision on the American side, but it may lead to results that are not in the interest of the Iraqi people.

The minister also affirmed that the Iraqi government has taken a number of security, organizational, political, and diplomatic measures to stop the attacks on the Green Zone and the airport, and there will be tangible positive results in the near future.

The US Secretary emphasized that US-Iraqi relations are important for both sides.

They discussed various future possibilities for the status of diplomatic missions in Baghdad, and the American minister promised to take what was discussed in the discussion into consideration, and the two sides stressed the importance of continuing to exchange views and communicate in order to find solutions to this crisis.




https://www.mofa.gov.iq/2020/10/?p=17798
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Iraq calls on Washington to reconsider the decision of closing its embassy in Baghdad Empty US withdrawal from Iraq would be 'catastrophic': PM Kadhimi

Post by claud39 on Sun Oct 04, 2020 11:33 am

[size=64]US withdrawal from Iraq would be 'catastrophic': PM Kadhimi[/size]


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Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi has warned a US withdrawal from Iraq would be " catastrophic for Iraq," after reports that the US was considering closing its embassy in Baghdad.


During the last two months over 40 attacks have taken place targeting not only the US embassy and military bases, but also the supply convoys of Iraqi contractors for Washington and its allies.


As a result, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened to close the American embassy in Baghdad within weeks if Iraq failed to curb Iranian-backed militias from attacking US assets.


Mr Al Kadhimi said Iraq had not received any such warning, and "will not accept any warnings from any country."


“We felt that the Americans were annoyed at the number of attacks that have targeted their diplomatic missions in Iraq and this is their right,” he said.



“There are sides who are attempting to sabotage Iraq’s relationship with the world, taking the country towards the unknown,” Mr Al Kadhimi told state news channel Al Ikhbaria.


In recent months, rockets have repeatedly been propelled across the Tigris in attacks on the heavily fortified US and foreign diplomatic compound. But Mr Al Kadhimi said Iraq has shown its seriousness to the US about stopping the attacks and arresting the perpetrators.


“The consequences of a US withdrawal, if it would happen, would be catastrophic for Iraq, especially as it would result in an economic crisis that has never been seen before,” he said.



Washington blames Iran-backed militias for firing rockets at its embassy on a near-weekly basis for months, and for shelling Iraqi bases housing international troops, including many of the 5,000 US soldiers.


A rocket landed near Baghdad airport last week, killing three civilians and wounding two, security officials said.


The US is a country that bases its relations on its interests, said Mr Al Kadhimi, adding that Iraq must also ensure its interests are protected in all fields.


"We are not ashamed of any relationship that preserves the dignity of Iraq and the Iraqis,” he said.


Last week populist cleric Muqtada Al Sadr made a call to form a joint committee to look at ways of halting attacks by militias on diplomatic outposts was welcomed by politicians in the country.


Mr Al Sadr, whose Mahdi Army once fought pitched battles against US troops in Iraq, said that “given the seriousness of the security situation that threatens the country's present and future… we find it is an urgent interest to form a committee of security, military and parliamentary nature.”


He said that the aim must be to halt attacks on diplomats as it “harms Iraq's reputation in international forums.”


Mr Al Kadhimi’s remarks came as Iraqi Foreign Minister, Fuad Hussein, warned his American counterpart Mike Pompeo that a US pullout would not be in the interest of the Iraqi people.


“The government has taken a number of measures to halt attacks on the Green Zone and Baghdad airport,” he said, adding that there will be “positive results” seen in the near future.


Mr Pompeo said that relations between the two sides are vital for the future of both nations


https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/us-withdrawal-from-iraq-would-be-catastrophic-pm-kadhimi-1.1088146
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