Al-Tamimi: Abdul-Mahdi cannot remove the US forces, as he is resigned



Baghdad / Al-Akhbariya:
Legal expert, Ali Al-Tamimi, confirmed on Tuesday that Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi cannot cancel the agreement with the United States of America and withdraw its forces from Iraq, since he is resigning and head of the caretaker government.
Al-Tamimi said in a statement to “Al-Akhbaria” that “the first agreement between Iraq and America in 2008 regarding the exit of American forces in Iraq no later than 1.1.2011 and was implemented … and organized by law 51 for the same year.”
He added, “The second agreement was in 2008 with a strategic framework, which is specific to cooperation in all fields. According to Article 24, paragraph 4, it is permissible to remove American forces from Iraq whenever the Iraqi government wishes.”
Al-Tamimi added, “In 2014, the coalition forces were formed in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2170, led by America … and at the request of Iraq.”
He pointed out that “we must differentiate between the presence of these forces that Iraq can ask to leave and the agreement that has nothing to do with this presence,” noting that “Abdul-Mahdi cannot remove these forces because he is resigned and is conducting business.”

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