The two US Senators, Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Chris Murphy, have warned that closing the US embassy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, could undermine US-Iraqi relations in favor of Iranian influence.
In a joint statement, the two members called on the administration of US President Donald Trump to provide a briefing to the Senate as soon as possible, to explain the nature of the threats facing the employees of the US embassy in Baghdad, which calls for the US administration to close it.
The statement said that this withdrawal could lead to pushing US allies to withdraw their diplomats from Baghdad and undermine the tasks of training Iraqi security forces.
Romney and Murphy stressed that Washington conducts its policy in a way that supports the efforts of Iraq. To achieve a secure, democratic and prosperous future.
And Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi said that closing foreign embassies in his 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, yesterday, Wednesday, 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).
Efforts to stop the attacks
For his part, Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein said that he had informed Iranian officials on his recent visit to Tehran, days ago, that the chaos of weapons in Iraq and armed factions targeting diplomatic missions would lead to the burning of the entire region.
He added that these officials promised to help in this regard, despite their assertion that they have nothing to do with these armed parties.
Iraq is witnessing, recently, increasing demands from the internal political forces to put an end to the attacks by missiles and improvised explosive devices, which target diplomatic missions and foreign forces in the country.
Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened the Iraqi government that his country would close its embassy in Baghdad if the attacks on it, especially missiles, did not stop, and that it would withdraw 3,000 soldiers and diplomats.
For months, the Green Zone, which includes government headquarters and foreign embassy missions in Baghdad, as well as military bases hosting international coalition forces, and convoys transporting logistical equipment, has been subjected to missile strikes and IED attacks by what are still unknown parties.
From October 2019 to the end of July, 39 missile attacks targeted American interests in Baghdad and Iraqi bases housing American soldiers.
It seemed that the pace of the attacks accelerated after Al-Kazemi’s visit to Washington last August, and they targeted, in addition to the US embassy, military bases and logistical convoys for local companies working for the US military and its allies in the anti-ISIS coalition.