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Iraq: US Ambassador Meets Several Officials

Iraq: US Ambassador Meets Several Officials


Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, commander of al-Quds brigades, has notably reduced his meetings and talks with Iraqi officials amid consultations currently underway in Iraq to form the largest bloc that will be tasked to form the new government. 

Meanwhile, US Ambassador Douglas Silliman has been drawing attention with his meetings of various Iraqi political parties, most recently Hadi al-Amiri, head of Fatah movement formed of factions in Popular Mobilization Forces, including League of the Righteous led by Qais al-Khazali, which US recently put on the terror list.

Official spokesman of League of the Righteous and newly-elected MP Naim al-Aboudi, played down the importance of the meeting that included al-Amiri with the US ambassador.

Aboudi told Asharq Al-Awsat that the meeting between the US ambassador and al-Amiri is not the first, because as a former minister, Amiri met with US officials and others, and therefore "we understand such meetings."

The MP stressed that his bloc "categorically rejects meeting with US officials. Even the representative of Sadiqun bloc, the political wing of the League, left the meeting when he knew the US ambassador is attending.

"We apologize to our brothers and we do not want to force them to take the same stances, but what I want to say is that Fatah Alliance is united,” he indicated adding that the League believes US officials are not serious in their help for the Iraqi people.

Spokesman for Sadr's movement led by Moqtada al-Sadr, Jaafar al-Mousawi said there were "ongoing negotiations between the alliance with other political blocs."

Mousawi indicated that he believes the last ten days of the holy month of Ramadan are crucial in this regard, stating that the concept of the patriarchal government which Muqtada al-Sadr suggested means a just state and law applied.

Moussawi asserted: "Muqtada al-Sadr is an Iraqi man and his decision is an Iraqi decision." He hinted that it is impossible for Saeroon Coalition and State of Law Coalition to meet at a common point to form a single alliance noting that "it will lead to a collision and disaster."

Head of Iraqi Center for Media Development Adnan al-Sarraj, denied to Asharq Al-Awsat reports that Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will resign from al-Dawa Party.

"Al-Abadi will not leave the Dawa Party under any condition, because it is his political capital and he can not compromise it, which is a strong point in the political movement," he said.

As for whether Abadi would be prime minister again, Sarraj went on to say that currently there are indications that Abadi’s chances are on the rise

"There is broad international interest now in Iraq, not just US attention, as evidenced by the ambassador's meetings; other ambassadors are taking action now because the internal situation in Iraq has become of interest to the region and the world," he said.

As for Iran's position in this issue, Sarraj indicated Iran is moving in the area that seems comfortable for it. He added that Tehran is relying on Shiites majority of the parliament as well as its influence on Kurdish blocs in Kurdistan.