The Iraqi Prime Minister, Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani, confirmed during his meeting with the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, Al-Khanis, in Baghdad, that the Iraqi government is moving towards ending the presence of the international coalition in Iraq. He pointed out that the government rejects attacks on diplomatic missions in the country.
According to the media office of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Al-Sudani and Sanchez will hold a discussion session covering bilateral relations between the two countries, coordinating positions regarding regional and international challenges and issues of common interest, and discussing ways to develop relations in investment and enhancing economic opportunities to reach a constructive strategic partnership.
Al-Sudani pointed out that “this visit also comes in light of the difficult circumstances that the region is going through, with major attacks that have risen to acts of genocide in Gaza and the occupied Palestinian territories,” appreciating “Spain’s role and courageous stance in condemning these attacks that have risen to the level of crimes and genocide.” “It violated all international laws and the laws of war.”
He expressed his hope for “more efforts to pressure the countries of the world to stop the destructive war and allow the entry of humanitarian aid, as well as the release of prisoners and hostages.”
He said, “The meeting with the Spanish Prime Minister included a more detailed conversation related to the status of the international coalition, especially since Spain is part of this coalition,” noting “the role of the coalition and Spain in supporting Iraq’s efforts to confront ISIS.”
He added, “The Iraqi government is in the process of rearranging the relationship in light of capable Iraqi forces,” stressing that “the Iraqi government is moving toward ending the presence of the international coalition forces, which includes security advisors who support the security forces in the areas of training, advice, and intelligence cooperation.”
He continued: “There have recently been attacks on Iraqi military bases and diplomatic missions, and we affirmed the government’s clear official position rejecting these attacks, which we believe are hostile acts that harm the national interest of Iraq and affect the security and stability of the country. We emphasized the importance of adhering to the legal mandate granted by previous Iraqi governments for this purpose.” The presence, which must be within the framework of support for the security forces in the areas of training, and must not exceed the limit of carrying out military actions as they represent an infringement on Iraqi sovereignty, which is unacceptable.”
He pointed out that “the Iraqi government is aware, committed, and capable of carrying out its duties to preserve the security of diplomatic missions and the locations of security advisors.”
He stressed “the importance of stopping the devastating war in Gaza, which revealed the failure of the international system and its institutions and organizations to maintain its laws and relevant agreements to achieve security and stability.”
He appreciated “Spain’s desire for cooperation and joint work with Iraq,” expressing his hope that “there will be practical steps to strengthen this relationship between the two friendly countries.”
For his part, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez affirmed the desire of Spanish companies to contribute to building Iraq, while calling for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.
The two countries agreed to begin joint efforts to conclude a strategic partnership agreement.
On Tuesday, the US National Security Council issued a statement regarding the strikes carried out by the United States in Iraq, after a drone attack claimed by the Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia.
National Security Council spokeswoman Adrian Watson said in a statement: “Early this morning (Tuesday) in northern Iraq, American military personnel were targeted by a drone,” noting that the attack led to the injury of 3 soldiers, one of whom was in critical condition. Serious.
She added, “The Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia and its affiliated groups, under the umbrella of Iranian-backed militants, claimed responsibility for the attack.”
The US National Security Council explained, “President (Joe) Biden was immediately briefed on the attack this morning, and ordered the Department of Defense to prepare response options against those responsible. These options were then presented to the President during a phone call this afternoon with Secretary of Defense (Lloyd).” Austin and members of the President’s national security team.”
The statement continued: “During that call, the President directed strikes against 3 sites used by Kataib Hezbollah and its affiliated groups, and focused in particular on drone activities.”
Watson concluded the statement by saying: “The President places no higher priority than protecting American personnel (…) and the United States will act in a time and manner of our choosing if these attacks continue.”
This attack is one of more than 100 attacks targeting US forces in Syria and Iraq since mid-October, according to Agence France-Presse.
For its part, the media office of the Iraqi Prime Minister said on Tuesday: “The Iraqi government confirms that it, through all its security forces, all its constitutional institutions and all its legal authorities, is dealing firmly with the attack by some elements on the headquarters of foreign diplomatic missions, or the places where military advisors are present.” Friendly countries.”
He added: “These attacks have previously been diagnosed as hostile acts that affect the sovereignty of the Iraqi state, and it is unacceptable for them to be committed under any circumstances or under any name or justification.”
The Al-Hurra channel correspondent in Iraq had indicated earlier, on Tuesday, that an air bombardment targeted the headquarters of pro-Iranian militias, in the center of the city of Hilla in Babil Governorate, central Iraq.
He added, “More than 19 people, including dead and wounded, were transferred to a hospital near the bombing site.”
On Monday, the Iraqi army condemned the attack with a bomb-laden drone on a military base containing international coalition forces, near Erbil Civil Airport, which led to casualties.
The Iraqi News Agency reported that work stopped at the airport after the plane was shot down.
This is not the first time that a drone has been launched at a base containing forces of the international coalition, led by the United States, near Erbil Airport in northern Iraq.
Washington has so far counted 103 attacks against its forces in Iraq and Syria since October 17, according to a tally reported by Agence France-Presse from an American military official.
On December 8, the American embassy in Baghdad was attacked with several missiles that did not result in casualties, but it was the first to affect the embassy since the attacks began against American forces and international coalition forces, following the outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
The factions allied with Iran object to American support for Israel in its war against Hamas, which broke out with an unprecedented attack by the Palestinian movement on southern Israel on October 7.
There are approximately 2,500 American soldiers in Iraq, while about 900 American soldiers are deployed in Syria, as part of the efforts made by Washington to prevent the return of ISIS.