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    Following the American warning... the first official Iraqi comment on the security of foreign citize

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    Following the American warning... the first official Iraqi comment on the security of foreign citize Empty Following the American warning... the first official Iraqi comment on the security of foreign citize

    Post by Rocky Mon 23 Oct 2023, 4:58 am

    Following the American warning... the first official Iraqi comment on the security of foreign citizens and diplomatic missions



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    Shafaq News/ Fuad Hussein, the Iraqi Foreign Minister, said on Sunday that protecting foreign citizens and diplomatic missions is the duty of the Iraqi government and the competent security forces.
    This came during Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fouad Hussein, receiving a phone call from Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong.
    The two ministers discussed the rapid developments in the region and the dangerous events taking place in the occupied Palestinian territories. They stressed the importance of continuing efforts to find a quick solution to what is happening, and that the continued escalation of events has serious repercussions on regional and international peace and security. They agreed to maintain communication and joint efforts for a ceasefire. And contain the conflict in order to reach comprehensive and just solutions.”

    For her part, Penny Wong expressed her concern over the situation in the Middle East, and pointed out the need to maintain the security of embassies and diplomatic missions operating in Iraq.
    In turn, Hussein stressed that one of the duties of the Iraqi government is to maintain the security of all foreigners present in the Iraqi arena, and that protecting diplomatic missions is part of the duties of the competent security forces, adding that Iraqi and international laws impose this protection on Iraq.
    Regarding the situation in the region, Minister Hussein expressed that he shares the Australian Minister’s concern, and that it is necessary to work with all parties in order not to expand the scope of the war.

    This comes after the US State Department, on Sunday, asked its citizens not to travel to Iraq after the recent attacks on American forces and individuals in the region.
    The travel advisory stated: “Do not travel to Iraq due to terrorism, kidnapping, armed conflict, civil unrest, and the limited ability of the mission in Iraq to provide support to American citizens.”
    Attacks on American forces in Iraq and Syria have increased since the outbreak of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza. A few days ago, a US warship shot down more than 12 drones and four cruise missiles launched from Yemen by the Iran-backed Houthi group.
    The US State Department said in a statement that the travel warning comes after the issuance of an emergency departure order for family members and non-emergency government employees from the US Embassy in Baghdad and the Consulate General in Erbil “due to the increasing security threats against American employees and American interests.”
    Washington is on high alert in anticipation of the activity of Iranian-backed groups in light of the escalation of regional tensions during the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians following the Hamas attack in Israel on October 7, which killed more than 1,400 people.
    Israel responded with deadly air strikes on the Gaza Strip, which is 45 kilometers long, home to 2.3 million people and ruled by Hamas since 2007. Palestinian officials say the air strikes have killed more than 4,700 people.
    The US State Department said on Sunday: “For security reasons, we direct US government employees in Baghdad not to use Baghdad International Airport.”
    The United States has already sent a large naval force to the Middle East recently, including two aircraft carriers and their accompanying ships and about two thousand marines.
    The Pentagon said yesterday that the United States will send THAAD anti-high-altitude target systems and additional teams of Patriot air defense systems to the Middle East.
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