Iraq Slams Attacks By Militant Groups Against Diplomatic Missions

BAGHDAD, Sept 28 (NNN-NINA) – Iraqi top leaders on Sunday confirmed that the recent attacks by unidentified militant groups on diplomatic missions are targeting Iraq’s sovereignty.

A statement by the Iraqi presidency office said, President Barham Salih held a meeting with Prime Minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Parliament Speaker, Mohammed al-Halbousi, and the head of the Supreme Judicial Council, Faiq Zidan, as the top officials discussed the current security and political situation.

“The meeting supported the government’s efforts to control and prevent the targeting of diplomatic missions, as the protection of their security, facilities, and personnel is the responsibility of the Iraqi government,” the statement said.

Iraqi top officials also confirmed their rejection to any foreign interference, in Iraq’s affairs and any attempt to turn Iraq into an arena for settling scores, or a launching pad for attacks on other countries, according to the statement.

They also highlighted the importance of “long-term cooperation with the United States in various fields, especially cooperation in the field of training and arming the Iraqi security forces, as well as, the war against the Daesh group,” the statement added.

The meeting came, as unidentified militant groups have frequently fired mortar rounds on Iraqi military bases housing U.S.-led coalition forces, as well as, the U.S. embassy in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, where the main Iraqi government offices and some foreign embassies are located.– NNN-NINA