Follow-up / National News Center
Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani affirmed that Iraq will not be an arena for settling scores, and that his government is not a party to an axis against the other.
The Prime Minister said in a press interview that "Iraq and Saudi Arabia are able to establish a regional axis that will be a basis for stability in the region and the world, stressing the seriousness of the two countries in this matter," revealing an agreement with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on a road map to develop bilateral relations that begins with visits Ministerial, then the Saudi-Iraqi Coordinating Council convenes to implement projects over a period of 3 years.
During the interview, Al-Sudani affirmed, “Baghdad will continue to play its role in hosting the Saudi-Iranian dialogue, announcing a meeting soon, hoping that the level of security meetings will rise to the diplomatic level.”
Al-Sudani denied the existence of any Iranian or American interference in forming his 100-day government, saying: “The government was formed by a 100% Iraqi decision, and it was not subject to any influence or interference in any way, direct or indirect.” Regarding the way Iraq deals with its two allies, the United States and Iran, whose relations are tense, Al-Sudani talked about Baghdad’s relationship with both countries, then said: “We do not want Iraq to be an arena for settling scores, and we are not a party to an axis against the other, as much as we care to strengthen our relations according to the rules of Common interests, mutual respect, and non-interference in internal affairs,” raising the slogan, “Iraq’s interest comes first.”
Al-Sudani stressed that “Iraq’s pioneering role in the region with its Arab brothers as well as with Iran,” saying that “Iraq’s destiny is Arab, and this is the natural situation for Iraq.” And he stressed the need to activate the “strategic framework” agreement between Washington and Baghdad, which “transfers the relationship between Iraq and the United States to the economic, cultural, social and educational fields, and does not remain limited to the security aspect, despite its importance.”
The Iraqi Prime Minister spoke at length about the Iraqi internal situation and the measures taken by his government, “the citizens will begin to feel the results,” stressing the continuation of administrative and security reforms, combating the “pandemic of corruption” and recovering the looted funds, announcing the recovery of $80 million so far, and that the process is continuing.
Al-Sudani referred to the start of work on security reform and addressing the problem of unauthorized weapons, through a committee headed by him. Stressing that all political forces within the “State Administration Coalition” agreed to deal with the problem of uncontrolled weapons and “the necessity of security reform.” Weapons will only be within the framework of the security services established by law. There will be no weapon outside of this institution.”
Regarding what is reported about the problem of smuggling dollars from Iraq to Iran and Turkey, Al-Sudani said that currency smuggling takes place in all countries of the world, and “Iraq is the same as other countries.” continuous".
He pointed out, "Iraqi banks and banking companies are involved in this matter and are making great profits." Stressing “his optimism about the possibility of dealing with the matter, he said: “In my estimation, it is the gateway to economic, financial and banking reform in Iraq.”
He emphasized working to address the relationship between Baghdad and Erbil, whether with regard to oil revenues or the security situation on the borders with Iran and Iraq, through an agreement that will be signed soon in Baghdad and with the approval of the Kurdish side. He also stressed that ISIS no longer poses any dangers, because it no longer holds the ground, and the Iraqi forces continue to chase its remnants.