Today, Sunday, Muhammad Saadoun Al-Sudani, a member of the House of Representatives, declared that the arguments for the American presence in Iraq were “over,” emphasizing the significance of Iraq’s recovery apart from foreign troops.
“Iraq, amid the major changes that have occurred recently in the region, must live independently, like the rest of the countries,” Al-Sudani said in an interview with Al-Ma’louma Agency, adding, “We want to have close relations with neighboring countries and the world.”
He went on to say, “These relations must be built on the basis of mutual respect and non-interference in internal affairs,” pointing out that “foreign and American forces are present in Iraq for a specific reason, and now these justifications have ended.”
“Iraq must recover and take its role away from combat forces, whether international coalition or American forces,” the member of the House of Representatives remarked, emphasizing that “the country currently does not need combat forces, trainers, or any foreign aid.”
Rafiq Al-Salhi, a member of the Sadiqoun parliamentary caucus, accused the US of sponsoring terrorism in order to extend the military presence in Iraq, and urged the government to declare a schedule for evacuating those personnel.
Earlier morning, Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani acknowledged that ISIS no longer poses a danger to the Iraqi state and that the international coalition built to combat these gangs is no longer required.