Thursday, December 27, 2018

Hectic controversy on Trumps’s sudden visit to Iraq

Baghdad/ Iraq TradeLink: The sudden and unexpected visit of the US President Donald Trump to US
forces in al-Assad air base stirred greater controversy and viewpoints inside the Iraqi political scene.

Parliamentary Reform and Reconstruction Bloc issued a statement denouncing the visit as “avowed violation for Iraqi sovereignty, as if Iraq is a US state”.

The bloc called for holding an emergency session for the parliament to discuss this “violation”.
“Trump should know his limits and must know that the US occupation of the country should end”, the statement added.

“The withdrawal from Syria does not give the United States the justification to keep the US forces in Iraq as a base in the Middle East”, the statement pointed out.

Shiite Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq organization described the visit as “negligence to the pride of the Iraqi state”.

The organization stressed and called to“quickly expel the foreign forces” from the country, which matter we have achieved by armed struggle”.

Al-Nujabaa’ Movement pointed that the US forces should be expelled from the country because “their presence affects the sovereignty of Iraq”.

MP Falih al-Khaz’ali pointed that Iraqi is not a US state and Premier Mehdi should bear his responsibility according to Iraqi constitution.

“This visit proved that the US forces are not for consultancy reasons or training, which matter we will not accept”, he stressed.

 “The previous Iraqi parliamentary round called for scheduling the withdrawal of foreign troups, but nothing happened due to corruption”, Mp Khaz’ali elaborated.

Earlier, the White House announced the reasons for not holding meetings with the Iraqi Premier Adel Abdul Mehdi during President Trump’s sudden trip.

The statement said that the Iraqi side was informed through a short notice and the necessity for arrangements for the safety of the president.

President Trump and Mehdi held a phone call, where an invitation to Mehdi was proposed to visit Washington.

On the other hand, the statement of Mehdi’s office on the visit stirred the astonishment of Iraqi 
political scene.

According to the statement, an official ceremony was supposed to be held but the differences in viewpoints replaced the meeting with a phone call.