A US official calls on the three presidencies to end the crackdown on Iraqi demonstrators
The United States of America has called on the Iraqi government to put an end to "criminal practices" against peaceful protesters.
The US embassy in Baghdad said in a statement that "US Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs David Schenker visited [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] on February 18 to discuss relations between the United States and Iraq," noting that "in the course of his meetings with both Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi and President of the Republic Barham Saleh and House Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi, Schenker highlighted the importance of the relationship between the United States and Iraq and the continued cooperation to support a prosperous, stable, and democratic Iraq.
Assistant Secretary of State Schenker condemned "the ongoing attacks against peaceful demonstrators who exercise their democratic right to freedom of expression, including their demands for political and economic reform," and called on the Iraqi government to end these criminal practices and bring the perpetrators to justice.
The Assistant Secretary of State expressed his support for the "basic democratic right of Iraqi citizens to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression", reiterating "the respect of the United States for the important and permanent role of the reference in Iraq."
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