Release date:: 2019-11-17 21:42
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will impose sanctions if Iraqi officials are found to be involved in cracking down on demonstrations, a senior White House official said on Monday.
“The situation in Iraq is very bad. There are many young people killed. We do not want to give the impression that the United States is interfering in Iraq, because some will use this and use it as evidence of Western intervention,” he said. Lebanon, where some accuse us of being behind the demonstrations. ”
He added: “We discussed the demonstration in Iraq along with the situation in Lebanon and Syria at the meeting of the strategic alliance in the Middle East (known as Mesa), which includes the GCC countries along with Egypt and Jordan in order to come up with a unified international response on Iraq.”
“We appreciate the role of the United Nations and its mission in Iraq. I think it can help support new elections and review the electoral law so that the new government is in a better position to meet the needs of the Iraqi citizen,” the US official said.
“But we want to find other ways to support the demonstrators, and I think they are in providing medical assistance to the demonstrators.”
He said: “We will not hesitate to impose sanctions on Iraqi officials, including preventing the entry of the United States and the freezing of their property, we have done this in the past with allies in NATO , ” adding that sanctions an effective weapon we have in the diplomatic tools. ”
He said the US official , ” We are We are also constrained by the law of Congress not to provide weapons to the security services in Iraq if they are found to be involved in human rights abuses. Pain The military ‘s assistance provided by the United States to Iraq, a value, and this applies to Iraq and Lebanon “.anthy