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Iraqi gov't rejects Israeli forces' presence in Gulf: FM Hakim

Iran, Russia to stage joint drills in Arabian Gulf amid  regional tension
Iraq rejects the participation of Israeli forces in the planned US-led security alliance to protect shipping in the Arabian Gulf, Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim said Monday. 

Washington is drawing together a group of nations to jointly patrol the strategic Strait of Hormuz in response to Iran’s belligerent activities in the Arabian Gulf, including Tehran’s seizure of a British-flagged ship last month. 

Reports emerged last week that Iran’s arch nemesis Israel was open to contributing forces to the alliance.

Baghdad is especially concerned about ongoing tensions between its allies in Washington and Tehran, fearing any escalation could drag Iraq into another war.

“Iraq will work to lower tensions in our region through calm negotiations,” Hakim later added. “The presence of Western forces in the region would raise tensions.”
Last Modified: Tuesday، 20 August 2019 05:44 PM
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