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Iraqi President attendance at Arab League summit 'unconstitutional'

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Legal expert Tarek Harb said Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi should have attended the Arab League summit that took place in Saudi Arabia this week instead of President Barham Salih.

At the end of the summit, the 22-member organization issued a statement that called for taking action against Iran, accusing it of using armed proxies in the region. However, Salih’s statement disagreed with the rest.

Harb further stressed that Salih’s attendance at the summit is deemed unconstitutional according to articles no. 78 and 80 of the Iraqi constitution that say the Prime Minister should be involved with political matters.

Salih expressed concern that the condemnation of Iran and the consequent increase in tensions could lead to war and the further destabilization of the region. He stressed Iran’s security must not be threatened.

Tehran faces accusations that it orchestrated attacks this month on an oil installation in Saudi Arabia, and tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates through its armed proxies.

Iraqi officials have been trying to build bridges and offering to mediate between Iran and the US.

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