Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi was forced to write a letter from the plane to explain why he was traveling with a large delegation in China. The names of the delegation, a large debate in Baghdad before the start of the visit.
Abdul Mahdi was accompanied to China by eight of his cabinet ministers and 16 out of 18 governors, as well as advisors, officials, escorts and guards, which raised eyebrows at the enormity of the delegation.
More surprisingly, the prime minister, who is commander-in-chief of the armed forces, was accompanied by his defense and interior ministers, which meant that he left a major security vacuum in Baghdad, during a period of great escalation between the United States and Iran in the region, foreshadowing a military confrontation.
Although the prime minister focuses on the economic aspects of his visit to China, he did not take any Iraqi businessman with him. Iraqi officials often compete heavily to travel on official missions abroad for the purpose of tourism and to benefit from the amounts allocated for those missions.
Because of this wide controversy, Abdul Mahdi was forced to send a message from his plane to China to the Iraqi people, saying that “time does not allow long waiting and missed opportunities, we need deliberate and quick decisions at the highest levels with the officials of other countries we aspire to Establish a sustainable partnership with them. ”
Abdul-Mahdi's visit to China coincides with the participation of Iraqi President Barham Saleh in the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly, which began Wednesday in New York, where Saleh will take with him to the United States and the foreign ministers of planning, an additional vacuum in power, at a sensitive time.
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