Iraq pledges to stop attacks by factions on foreign missions, and security forces monitor militia headquarters
Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein confirmed that [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] has taken a number of security, organizational, political, and diplomatic measures to stop the attacks on the Green Zone and the airport.
Hussein said, during a phone call he received from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, that there will be tangible positive results very soon.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated, in a statement posted on its account on the social networking site "Twitter", that the conversation during the call focused on bilateral relations and ties between the two countries, and on the initial decision of the US administration to withdraw the embassy from Baghdad.
Minister Hussein expressed concern about this decision, despite it being a sovereign decision on the American side, but it may lead to results that are not in the interest of the Iraqi people.
According to the website, the US secretary emphasized that US-Iraqi relations are important for both sides.
The two ministers discussed various future possibilities for the status of diplomatic missions in Baghdad, and the US secretary promised to take into account what was discussed in the discussion, and the two sides stressed the importance of continuing to exchange views and communicate in order to find solutions to this crisis.
Finally, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi directed the implementation of a strict security plan to protect the headquarters and interests of foreign missions and camps in which the international coalition forces are present, as well as placing the headquarters of armed factions under tight control.
A security official said, "Stopping the attacks on the Green Zone is a good sign so far, but the situation is still very cautious and there are leaders of political blocs close to Tehran who are also making efforts to stop missile attacks on the Green Zone because the matter is serious."
The official added that the government "has not yet obtained any commitment from any party to stop the attacks because the pledge from any party means that it is involved in the past attacks, but leaders of the Fatah coalition and the rule of law feel the gravity of the situation and the possibility of an American air strike on the sites of armed factions and the closure of the embassy, which prompted them to act as well." To calm down. "
He revealed "the presence of American surveillance aircraft at high levels over Baghdad to monitor any threats to the US embassy or the Baghdad airport site, and the security forces are implementing a strict plan to protect American sites throughout the country, especially the site of the US embassy in Baghdad and the sites of other embassies and diplomatic missions, through Intense security deployment in all regions of the capital, and the activation of the intelligence effort, "noting that" the security plan that is being implemented required placing the headquarters of some armed factions under tight secret control. "
And the United States has warned that it will not tolerate the attacks launched by pro-Iranian factions on US interests in Iraq, threatening retaliation, amid the Iraqi government's fears of a possible US withdrawal.
Several political and diplomatic sources confirmed that Pompeo issued an ultimatum to Iraq last week: Either the attacks stop or Washington closes its embassy and summons its 3,000 diplomats and soldiers.
And there have been reports in the past few days indicating that Washington has begun to reduce the number of its diplomats and employees in diplomatic missions in Iraq, without issuing official assurances.
However, some interpreted these measures as either the United States is preparing for attacks by [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] proxies in Iraq, or it is preparing a strong response to those militias that launch missile strikes on their bases and forces on Iraqi lands.
The Kurdish authorities in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] accused factions loyal to Iran of targeting US forces in Kurdistan with missiles. Such rocket attacks have been repeated for several months in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] especially towards the US embassy.
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