Recently, Humam Hamoudi, Leader of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, has slammed what he named "foreign interventions" in Iraq's internal affairs as violations of the Arab country's national sovereignty. But the statements were heavily derided on social media as they ignored the Iranian flagrant interference in Iraq.
The statements came during Hamoudi's speech at a ceremony held by the council on the occasion of Eid al-Ghadir. The speech tackled the current situation in Iraq and the ongoing negotiations to form the largest bloc.
He pointed to the importance of speeding up efforts by all political blocs to agree on a national project whose main objective is to serve the citizens and find practical and realistic solutions to the country's problems.
Iraq's political circles have seen rifts over the formation of the next government. These disagreements coincided two important visits by US special envoy to Iraq, Brett H. McGurk, and commander of the Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani. The visits discussed means to form the new government.
Sairun Coalition which is supported by leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr, the Victory coalition led by PM Haider Abadi, and Wisdom Coalition led by Ammar al-Hakim, and the National Coalition led by VP Iyad Allawi have formed what they called a nucleus for the largest bloc in the Iraqi parliament.
Sadr and Abadi represent the first axis of the Shiite blocs winning in the elections that took place last May while the second axis consists of the Fatih Coalition that includes Iran-allied IMIS Militias, Secretary General of the Badr Organization Hadi Al-Amiri, and the State of Law Coalition led by Nuri al-Maliki.
The largest bloc needs 165 seats out of a total of 329 seats in the new parliament.
Hamoudi has shown his strong rejection of US sanctions against Iran. "The unjust and illegitimate" decisions have been issued by a state and not issued by an official UN body," he said, calling upon the government to ask the US administration not to abide by those sanctions.
Hre also criticized the decisions by US President Donald Trump, claiming they have created deep problems even with his allies.
He further claimed that imposing a blockade on Iran is part of major schemes to create chaos in the region.
In a previous Friday sermon, Hammoudi slammed the Iraqi people after the defeat of Islamists in the May elections.