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FM spox criticizes U.S. after calling Iran to respect Iraq's sovereignty

Ahmed Mahjoub

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday rejected US interference in its affairs after Washington’s Embassy in Baghdad issued a statement calling on Iran to respect the sovereignty of Iraq and allow for the demobilization of Iranian-backed Shia militias.

In a tweet posted on the US Embassy in Baghdad’s Twitter on Tuesday, the mission stated that Iran “must respect the sovereignty of the Iraqi government and permit the disarming, demobilization, and reintegration” of Shia militias.

It was one of several tweets issued by the American diplomatic mission highlighting Washington’s demands ahead of new sanctions, set to take effect on Nov. 4 on Iran’s energy and financial sectors.

The embargoes have concerned Iraq as it considerably relies on Iran to import food and gas.

“The Ministry would like to point out that the second part of said statement goes beyond diplomatic norms and mutual respect for the sovereignty of states as a well-established principle of international law,” read the statement issued by the spokesperson of Iraq’s Foreign Ministry, Ahmed Mahjoub.

It also noted that it “rejects interference in Iraq’s internal affairs, especially domestic security reforms,” and demanded the US Embassy in Baghdad remove the social media post.

Mahjoub has always been vowing for Iran and its interests in the Arab country.

On Sept. 7, 2018, civil unrest fueled by anger against perceived corruption and misrule by Iraq’s political elite intensified across the south of the country as protesters stormed the Iranian consulate in Basra.

“The targeting of diplomatic missions is unacceptable and detrimental to the interests of Iraq,” said ministry spokesman Ahmed Mahjoub.

Moreover, he also claimed denied news that armed groups in Iraq received ballistic missiles from Iran, despite of all the reports and intel that proves otherwise.

Iraqi officials recently affirmed that Baghdad would receive a waiver regarding US sanctions that will allow Iraq to continue importing food, gas, and other energy supplies from Iran.

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