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Iraqi Foriegn Min. regrets U.S. decision to shut down consulate in Basra

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Security forces deploy around the provincial government building during a demonstration demanding better public services and jobs in Basra, Iraq, on Sept. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

Iraq’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed regret the U.S. decision to shut down its consulate in Basra and issue an advisory on traveling to Iraq.

Spokesman for the Iraqi Foreign Ministry Ahmed Mahgoub affirmed in a Saturday statement that Iraq is committed to protecting and security foreign diplomatic missions on its lands.

Mahgoub added that the Iraqi government is determined to encounter any threats that target these delegations, which are considered an integral part of Iraq’s security.

The ministry called upon all the diplomatic missions to Iraq to avoid what is being promoted to destabilize the country and harm its international relations.

The State Department announced Friday that it has ordered all non-essential personnel leave the U.S. consulate in Basra, Iraq.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the U.S. told Iran it will be held responsible for any harm happens to Americans or U.S. facilities in Iraq perpetrated by Iranian forces or associated militias.

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