Today, Friday, Member of Parliament Burhan Al-Mamouri reacted to Muqtada Al-Sadr’s proposal that the American embassy in Baghdad be closed.
In a statement obtained by NRT Arabic, Al-Mamouri stated, “at the request of Muqtada al-Sadr, we will launch a campaign to collect the signatures of representatives to close the American embassy in the capital.”
He went on to say, “We will call on the Presidency of Parliament to hold an extraordinary session in order to present a binding draft law for the purpose of closing the American embassy and vote on it in the House of Representatives.”
Muqtada al-Sadr, the head of the Sadrist movement, requested the government and parliament earlier today to vote on dismantling the American embassy in Iraq, citing the latter’s unwavering support for Zionists against Gaza.
Al-Sadr went on to say in a blog post which was subsequently published by NRT Arabic, “From the standpoint of supporting the oppressed in the east and west of the earth, I demand (the Iraqi government) and (the Iraqi parliament) with all its factions and orientations, for the first time and for the sake of public, not private, interests, to vote on closing the American embassy in Iraq for unlimited American support for the terrorist Zionists against Gaza.”
He went on to say, “Closing the embassy comes with a commitment to protect its diplomatic personnel and not attack them by the shameless militias that want to undermine the security and safety of Iraq,” saying, “We are waiting for the government’s answer, action, and response to this demand.”
He went on to say, “If the government and parliament do not respond, we will have another position that we will announce later,” and added that “everyone must commit to obedience, not act individually, and avoid using weapons at all.”
“We hope that the fans of jihad and the axis of resistance will not object to this demand under the pretext of economic distress caused by the American treasury,” he said. God forbid, utter quiet will lead to normality, oddity, and poverty.”