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Iran's reason for wanting Fayyad as Iraq's interior minister

Iran insists that Ataa Movement Leader Faleh al-Fayyad be chosen as the Iraq's new interior minister, a political source said.

Iran is seeking to have Fayyad, who is a close associate of Tehran, chosen as the interior minister to ensure that trade with Iraq through land border crossings would take place after the United States imposed a second batch of sanctions on Iran, the source revealed.

Iran fears that Iraq may appoint a new minister who would not serve the trade interests of Tehran and would be biased in favor of Washington, the source said, adding that Tehran seeks to trade with neighboring countries following the US sanctions.

Members of the Building Coalition, which includes most of the factions of the sectarian Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS), threatened to name former IMIS head Faleh al-Fayyad as the new interior minister even if political blocs, including Saairun Alliance, continued rejecting him.

Mohammed al-Kawtharani, a Hezbollah official, is urging the political blocs to pass Fayyad as the new minster, according to Iraqi sources.

The sources also affirmed that the Building Coalition, the State of Law Coalition and the Fatah Alliance insist on naming Fayyad as the interior minister under pressure from Iran and Russia, adding that Fayyad also received support from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Moreover, the introduction of the candidates for the remaining eight ministerial posts in Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi's cabinet has been stalled by Muqtada al-Sadr's objection to certain candidates, including Fayyad, ASharq al-Awsat reported.

Last Modified: Friday، 09 November 2018 01:55 AM