Baghdad / … Former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, acknowledged the presence of Iranian influence in the Iraqi political process, calling on Tehran not to interfere in Iraqi affairs.
“I call on Iran to reconsider its policies in Iraq and not to interfere in its affairs. Tehran must hold accountable the Iranian parties that interfere in the formation of the Iraqi government,” Abadi said in an interview with Al Arabiya television on Wednesday evening.
He also considered that the Iranian newspaper “New York Times” Iranian documents on Iraq, reveal the extent of Iranian interference in the country. The report published by the US newspaper had revealed secret meetings between senior officers of the Iranian intelligence and Abadi while he was prime minister .
On the Iraqi government and the demonstrations and protests taking place in the country against the political class since the first of last October, Abadi said, “We stood against the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi because of the killing of Iraqi demonstrators.”
He stressed that his parliamentary team insists on interrogating the Iraqi government and calling for early elections.
Abadi called for the release of the abductees and the preservation of public freedoms.
It should be noted that the demonstrations that began in the provinces of Basra in the summer of 2018 during the occupation of Abadi to head the government, witnessed dozens killed and hundreds injured and thousands of demonstrators arrested.
Asked about his quest to return to power, he said: “I am not seeking to succeed Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi to rule.” Finished 2