Iraq wants Iran, Soleimani in combating Daesh: Iraqi FM

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari
Iraqi International Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari says his nation wants Iran’s help in combating terrorists, dismissing US questions on Tehran’s position within the Arab nation.

Jaafari instructed Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen tv in an unique interview aired on Saturday night time that the US can not dictate its views on Iraq.

“There may be coordination between Russia, Syria, Iran and Iraq. Iraq wants the expertise and data offered by these nations” to battle terrorists, he stated.

Iraqi troops are at the moment battling terrorists in Fallujah and making ready to evict Daesh from Mosul. On Sunday, Iraqi troops retook a village south of Mosul as their operations within the Nineveh province continued.

Volunteer forces, referred to as Hashd al-Shaabi, are serving to the military within the battle however their involvement has change into a lightning rod for criticism by Saudi Arabia, the US and sure different nations.

Jaafari reiterated the Iraqi authorities’s assist for the pressure, together with its position within the ongoing push to recapture Fallujah.

“The Iraqis have put their patriotism on show by way of Hashd al-Shaabi and the message from their sacrifices is that Iraq won’t ever permit the enemies to resolve for the youngsters of Fallujah.”

The Iraqi international minister additionally dismissed US place on the actions of Hashd al-Shaabi forces in Iraq.

“America’s place represents America’s will, and never the desire of Iraq. Hashd al-Shaabi forces are a part of Iraq’s nationwide will,” Jaafari stated.

Whereas some international nations are against volunteer forces, no Iraqi citizen is in opposition to their participation within the conflict, he added.

The minister particularly rapped Saudi Ambassador to Baghdad Thamer al-Sabhan for “interfering” in Iraq’s inside affairs, significantly these associated to its safety.

In January, Iraq summoned the Saudi ambassador over his insulting remarks about Hashd al-Shaabi, together with his allegations that the pressure was not standard among the many Iraqis.

Jaafari stated then Hashd al-Shaabi was a respectable pressure which had made many sacrifices for the Arab state.

In his Saturday interview, Jaafari additionally praised Iran’s Main Common Qassem Soleimani whose occasional sojourn among the many Iraqi forces on the battleground has drawn worldwide consideration.

The final, Jaafari stated, is working as a navy adviser to the Iraqi authorities and his presence within the nation is “important” within the battle on Daesh.

Soleimani, he stated, is among the many “reliable” commanders for the Iraqi authorities. Jaafari stated he had defined to his Arab counterparts the Iranian normal’s position in Iraq’s conflict on terrorists.

The minister acknowledged that the Iraqi military is absolutely accountable for floor operations, and coalition aerial assaults are being launched in full coordination with the federal government in Baghdad.

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