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Iraqi militias appear among honor guards, receive foreign official


Iraq's Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi suffers from his inability to complete the formation of his government despite the fact that nearly two months have passed since he was appointed prime minister, seemingly due to the influence of Tehran and its political blocs.

In a political move that can have very bad consequences, Abdul Mahdi engaged the IMIS militia at the reception of the Australian prime minister who recently visited Iraq.

Observers said that Abdul Mahdi began his rule by paving the way to Iran and its militias, and is working to institutionalize IMIS in Iraq in a totally unacceptable manner.

Abdul Mahdi engaged the Kurdish Peshmerga militia and IMIS in receiving Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who visited Iraq heading a high-level ministerial delegation.

Morrison, during the visit on Wednesday, stressed that Australia has always supported Iraq's efforts to fight terrorism, adding that it will continue its support to the brotherly country.

During his meeting with Abdul Mahdi, Morrison said that the visit reflects the deep relations between the two countries, lauding the Iraqi people's victory over ISIS, according to a joint statement.

He also praised the Iraqi prime minister's vision on Iraq's reconstruction, unification and development, and the government's efforts to develop the economy and create job opportunities.

IMIS as representatives

An official in the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers said in a press statement that involving IMIS and Peshmerga in such an event is a message from the prime minister to emphasize that the two forces are part of the Iraqi defense system.

This is the first time since the establishment of the Iraqi state in which elements from outside the military have participated in the reception of a foreign official, a military source said.

Media platforms funded by IMIS factions and parties close to Iran reported the event as a major achievement and a declaration of the new government's approach. They also considered it as a sign of institutionalizing the militias.

The appearance of individuals wearing different uniforms among the ceremonial guard at the visit of the Australian Prime Minister represented an incomprehensible image, the military source said, adding that this raises a number of questions that Abdul Mahdi should answer.

Last Modified: Friday، 21 December 2018 12:18 AM