[ltr]2020.09.30 - 13:05[/ltr]
Baghdad - People
On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein announced that Iraq refused to close the US embassy in Baghdad, while affirming that the government had taken measures to protect diplomatic missions.
Hussein said in a press conference attended by "People" (September 30, 2020), "It is the government's duty to protect diplomatic missions, and the withdrawal of the American embassy gives wrong signals to the Iraqi people."
He added, "The government has taken measures to protect diplomatic missions," calling on the US administration to "reconsider the decision to close the embassy."
The foreign minister pointed out that "the government is not happy with the US administration’s decision to withdraw from Baghdad," noting that "Al-Kazemi presented the government's vision of the American withdrawal decision."
Fouad Hussein confirmed, "The targeting of diplomatic missions is a direct targeting of Iraq," pointing out that "Al-Kazimi has communicated with many leaders of countries regarding the US administration's decision."
He continued, "The chaos of weapons in Iraq will lead to the burning of the region," explaining that "Iran has promised us to make efforts to support the stability of Iraq."
The Foreign Minister stressed, "Iraq understands the atmosphere of the US elections and the fears of a recurrence of previous incidents and will continue its negotiations to change the decision to withdraw from Baghdad, because it is not in the interest of Iraq and the United States alike." ".
Hussein indicated that "reorganizing the security situation in Baghdad requires some time, and keeping violence away from society is part of the government's policy," stressing "opening dialogue channels with the factions," and noting that "the Iranian-American tension is now being reflected in the Iraqi reality."
Hussein stated, "We have repeatedly confirmed the government's seriousness in investigating targeting diplomatic missions," stressing that "these attacks do not fall under the heading of resistance, but rather are targeting Iraq and its interests."
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