Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein confirmed that his country’s government has taken security measures to stop the attacks on the Green Zone, where the US embassy, the airport and near it is a military base that contains American soldiers.
The Foreign Ministry stated – in a statement – that Hussein received a phone call from his US counterpart, Mike Pompeo, on Friday evening, and the conversation focused on bilateral relations and ties between the two countries, and on the initial decision of the US administration to withdraw the embassy from Baghdad.
The statement pointed out that the Foreign Minister expressed concern about this decision, despite it being a sovereign decision on the American side, but it may lead to results that are not in the interest of the Iraqi people, stressing that “the Iraqi government has taken a number of security, organizational, political and diplomatic measures to stop the attacks on the region.” Green and airport, and there will be tangible positive results soon. “
The statement added that the two sides discussed various future possibilities regarding the status of diplomatic missions in Baghdad, and that the US Secretary of State emphasized that relations between the two countries are important for both sides, and promised to take into account what was proposed in the discussion, and the two sides also stressed the importance of continuing to exchange views and communicate in order to create Solutions to this crisis.
The Secretary of State gets a call from his American counterpart
Receive Minister of Foreign Affairs Fouad Hussein @Fuad_Hussein1 A phone call from the Minister of Foreign Affairs #American_Mike_Pompeo @SecPompeo Friday evening, 10/2/2020, pic.twitter.com/XNoy5Cz2gO
– The Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs (@Iraqimofa) October 3, 2020
And last Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi pledged to protect foreign missions from missile attacks, after US threats to close its embassy in Baghdad.
Al-Kazemi pledged in a meeting with senior diplomats to protect foreign missions, and to limit the possession of weapons to government forces, after Washington threatened to close its embassy in Baghdad.
Al-Kazemi said that closing foreign embassies in the country means stopping economic and military cooperation, at a time when Iraq is going through great challenges.
In a speech during a regular session of the Council of Ministers, Al-Kazemi confirmed that the United States and the European Union are considering withdrawing from his country, as a result of the continuous attacks targeting the Green Zone (central Baghdad).
Al-Kazemi’s office also pointed out – in a statement – that he had affirmed in a meeting with 25 foreign envoys – including the American ambassador – that “Iraq is keen to impose the rule of law, restrict weapons to the hands of the state, and protect diplomatic missions and headquarters.”
He stressed that “the perpetrators of the attacks on the security of diplomatic missions seek to destabilize Iraq and sabotage its regional and international relations.”
Prime Minister @MAKadhimi : Iraq, the people and the government, will stand up to these and will work to protect its guests as required by diplomatic norms throughout history, in order to turn the page on conflicts and terrorism and turn to the economic and social challenges and the requirements of development. pic.twitter.com/ZUDIqX0BVF
Media Office of the Prime Minister (@IraqiPMO) September 30, 2020
Washington has not officially announced any decision regarding the closure of its embassy in Baghdad, but American media, including the Washington Post, reported less than a week ago that the United States might close the embassy for a period of 90 days, in response to the Iraqi government’s inability to put an end to attacks targeting soldiers and interests. America in Iraq.
For months, the Green Zone, which includes the US embassy in Baghdad, as well as the military bases that host the international coalition forces and convoys that transport logistical equipment of the coalition, have been subjected to missile strikes and IED attacks by still unknown parties.
Many Iraqi forces and parties are calling for the American forces to leave the country, in response to a decision taken by the Iraqi parliament at the beginning of this year.