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Shafaq News / Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi said on Saturday that the closure of their country’s embassies in Iraq by the United States and other countries will isolate Iraq internationally and cause the country’s economy to collapse, stressing that relations with Washington are based on “interests.”
Al-Kazemi said in his first television interview since assuming the position, which was broadcast on the governmental Al-Iraqiya satellite channel, that “Iraq will not tolerate international isolation and the economy will collapse if the United States and other countries close their embassies in the country,” indicating that “Iraq is an important country in the region that is governed by it.” The constitution provides for building relationships with countries of the world. ”
He added that “America is a great country and we must protect our interests with it,” explaining that “the Iraqi constitution stipulates that the government builds the best relations with countries to serve the Iraqi people.”
He added that “relations with Washington are based on interests,” noting that “America made major mistakes during the period of the occupation of Iraq.”
Al-Kazemi stressed, “the need to protect our interests with America in the fields of economy, education, health and security,” noting that “we have not received any threat from America regarding the closure of its embassy in Iraq.”
Al-Kazemi revealed that “we have received an American concern about the security of their missions in Iraq, and we will not accept any threat from any country,” noting that “there are those who try to obstruct our relations with Washington.”
Al-Kazemi stressed, “We are serious about protecting foreign missions,” noting that “the current economic crisis has not previously passed in the history of Iraq.”
And Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein had expressed during a phone call with his US counterpart, Mike Pompeo, on Friday, his country’s concern about the possibility of the United States closing its embassy in the capital, Baghdad, warning that this step would lead to results not in the interest of Iraqis.
According to the Iraqi foreign minister, Washington has already taken a preliminary decision to close the embassy.
Washington has not officially announced any decision regarding the closure of its embassy in Baghdad. However, American media, including the “Washington Post” newspaper, reported on Sunday that the United States may close the embassy for a period of 90 days, in response to the Iraqi government’s inability to put an end to the attacks that target American soldiers and interests. Long months ago.
For months, the Green Zone, which includes the US embassy in Baghdad, as well as the military bases that host the coalition forces and the convoys that transport logistical equipment of the international coalition, have been subjected to missile strikes and IED attacks by still unknown destinations.
Washington accuses Shiite factions that receive support and funding from Iran, including the Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades, of being behind the attacks, which have increased in frequency recently and are almost daily.