Washington: Iraqi parliament vote to end the US presence “disappointing”

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United States has announced that it is “disappointed” by Iraq’s vote on a plan to end the US presence in the country.

This came in a statement by US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, according to CNN.

Ortagos said her country was “disappointed with the action taken in the Iraqi parliament (Sunday)” to begin work to end the US troop presence in Iraq.

She added that the United States is awaiting “more clarification regarding the legal nature” of the decision and hopes that Baghdad will reconsider it.

And she continued: “We strongly urge Iraqi leaders to reconsider the importance of the ongoing economic and security relationship between the two countries and the continued existence of the global coalition to defeat ISIS.”

And she added: “We believe that it is in the common interests of the United States and Iraq to continue fighting against ISIS together. This administration remains committed to a sovereign, stable and prosperous Iraq.”

Earlier on Sunday, the Iraqi parliament voted to oblige the government “to work to end the presence of all foreign forces on Iraqi soil”, in the wake of the controversial air strike on Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.

The commander of the Iranian “Quds Force” Qassem Soleimani and deputy head of the “Popular Mobilization Authority” Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, and 8 others, were killed on Friday dawn, with American air strikes in Baghdad; .

In response, the Iraqi parliament voted by majority, on Sunday, to a resolution calling on the government to end the foreign military presence on the country’s territory, and to submit a formal complaint to the Security Council against the United States for “violating Iraqi sovereignty.”

And deploy about 5 thousand American soldiers in military bases throughout Iraq within the international coalition under the pretext of fighting the “ISIS”.


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