BasNews 15/01/2020 – 23:47 Published in Iraq
ERBIL – Iraqi caretaker PM Adil Abdul Mahdi said on Wednesday that ousting the US and other foreign forces from the country requires a government “with full authority,” adding that the decision should be left for the future cabinet.
“I request that the president, parliament and political parties nominate a new prime minister, a new government that has full authority because these difficult, complicated circumstances, especially with pulling of the troops … that needs a government with full authority so it can go forward,” he said in a statement, as cited by Asharq al-Awsat.
Abdul Mahdi’s remarks came days after the Iraqi parliament passed a resolution to oust the foreign forces from the country following the killing of an Iranian top commander by the US in Baghdad.
The caretaker premier noted that he was keen on keeping the friendship between Iraq and the US but that it would not change his mind about the withdrawal of the foreign country’s troops from Iraq.
“I am determined to keep our friendships with all. They all helped us, they all sacrificed for us, some with blood, some with financial aid in fighting [the Islamic State group],” he said.
“We also respect the parliament’s decision and we are working on implementing it in the right manner that guarantees Iraq’s sovereignty.”
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