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Iraq rejects any external intervention over IMIS' head removal

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Saturday to voice rejection to any foreign intervention over Iraqi's Prime Minister Haider al Abadi's decision to sack national security adviser and head of Iran's Militia in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) Falih Alfayyadh, saying that is an internal affair which it will not meddle with.


"This is an internal Iraqi issue and we do not interfere in it," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday.


Alfayyadh was removed from all his government posts on Friday, with Abadi's office stating that the decision had been taken due to his involvement in "political and partisan work".  


The decision has largely been attributed to the country’s ongoing efforts to form a new government following parliamentary elections in May.


Senior Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr's Saairun Alliance came first in the polls, while the Fatah (Conquest) Alliance led by Badr militia's leader Hadi al-Amiri, and Prime Minister Abadi's Victory Alliance finished second and third.


Abadi’s office said Alfayyadh’s alleged involvement in government formation talks would undermine the performance of the country’s security apparatus.

Last Modified: Saturday، 01 September 2018 02:14 PM