The Victory Coalition responds to the former Minister of Water Resources: A paid statement
Shafaq News/ The "Victory" coalition led by the former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi denied, this evening, Tuesday, that al-Abadi's "submission" to the directives of the US embassy in Baghdad to contract projects in the interest of the United States.
A member of the coalition, Saad al-Lami, said, in a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, that "the statement attributed to the former Minister of Water Resources, Mohsen al-Shammari, is paid for, as it totally contradicts the truth, and comes at a time that serves the political agenda of some."
Al-Lami indicated that "the company to which the maintenance of the Mosul Dam was referred is an Italian company, and it is one of the three major international companies specialized in dams, and the Ministry of Water Resources recommended this company, but an investigation took place because the minister at that time met secretly with the company in Beirut."
He added, "There were accusations that he (the minister) asked for a bribe, by giving a sub-tender to a company affiliated with the minister, and the international company refused, which prompted Al-Abadi to remove the minister's hand from the project, and give the authority to sign to the undersecretary, who is the current minister of water resources."
Al-Lami continued, "Al-Abadi questioned the minister (Mohsen Al-Shammari) in an official meeting about the reason for his visit to Beirut and the meeting with the company instead of meeting it in Baghdad, and the minister did not have an answer, and his resignation was later accepted."
Earlier today, the former Minister of Water Resources, Mohsen Asfour Al-Shammari, revealed the details of "the US embassy's intervention in Iraq and the obligation of prime ministers to implement the projects in their favour," noting that "the US ambassador obligated former Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi to sign the Italian company contract with Iraq in the amount of 300 One million dollars, which is double the amount estimated by the ministry.
Al-Shammari said, "The American ambassador tried to reach me more than once during the appointment of the Ministry of Water Resources to force me to sign a contract with the Italian company, and after the rejection, he accused me of being chesty, anti-political and corrupt. A corruption file was opened against me in the Integrity Commission, which was closed after the resignation."
He added, "The Ministry of Water Resources, through technical engineering cadres, estimated the amount of damage repair in the Mosul Dam at about $12 million or a little more, and this opinion was taken by me, but the American ambassador contacted political leaders, including Iyad Allawi, and informed them of my lack of cooperation with them and his displeasure with that." .
Al-Shammari added, "Former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi did not take the opinion of the ministry and the study sent by it, as it is the one in charge, and he was forced to sign the contract with the Italian company with double the amount, which is 300 million dollars, paid by the American ambassador," noting that "most of the political forces and their leaders are unable to Objecting to the American ambassador's proposals.
Regarding the resignation, Al-Shammari stated that "Al-Abadi was resentful of the hawks in his government, especially Hussain Al-Shahristani, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, Hoshyar Zebari and Faryad Raundozi," noting that "on the first occasion he got rid of everyone an
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