[size=36]Washington responds to Sadr's statement .. and affirms its commitment to the sovereignty of Iraq[/size]
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A US official responded to statements by Sadr's leader in Iraq, Muqtada al-Sadr, who had attacked Washington against the backdrop of a White House statement expressing deep concern over the continuing attacks on demonstrators, civilian activists, the media and the Internet ban in Iraq.
The Iraqi authorities face demonstrations that have been going on for nearly a month in the country to protest against corruption and to demand the departure of the political class, excessive violence that killed hundreds of people and injured thousands others, due to being targeted by live bullets and gas bombs.
"The United States, unlike Iran, is committed to a prosperous, sovereign and strong Iraq," a State Department official said in a commentary posted on his Twitter account on Monday, threatening the United States.
Sadr attacked the US administration and vowed to end its presence "if it does not stop its hands on Iraq," saying it interferes in the affairs of his country without referring to Iran, which observers considered condoning the leader of the Sadrist movement over Tehran's control of the country.
Sadr's statement came after an AFP report that said Iraqi parties had agreed to dry up the street and end protests, and to keep the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi in power, after meetings overseen by the Quds Force commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards General Qasem Soleimani, who visits Iraq frequently, especially during the Crises.
Political sources told AFP that the agreement between the parties concerned, "including others and wisdom" came after "Suleimani's meeting with Muqtada al-Sadr and Muhammad Reza al-Sistani (son of the supreme authority in Iraq, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani), which resulted in the agreement to remain Abdul Mahdi in office ".
Despite the repression that has claimed the lives of more than 300 demonstrators, demonstrators continue to demand a new regime and change the political class in a country that is one of the richest in the world and among the most corrupt.
On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that peaceful popular demonstrations in Iraq were a key element in all democracies, denouncing the authorities' use of "lethal force" against protesters.
Pompeo, in a call with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, expressed regret over the death toll among the demonstrators as a result of the repression of the Iraqi government and the use of security forces "lethal force," and condemned reports of the kidnapping of demonstrators.
In a statement, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagos said Pompeo urged Abdul Mahdi to take immediate steps to address the legitimate demands of demonstrators by adopting reforms and tackling corruption.