Baghdad Member of Parliament Dhafer Al-Ani affirmed that Iraq needs tangible American and international support in several areas, otherwise, the situation of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi is difficult.”
Al-Ani said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) regarding Al-Kadhimi’s upcoming visit to Washington: “The visit, undoubtedly, is important for both countries, but as the White House statement described it, it comes at a (critical time), and the criticality of time does not stem from the fact that the two presidents are preparing to run for elections,” but because it will be a test of the extent to which the two sides are serious about a long-term strategic relationship or for breaking the bonds of this fragile alliance. ”
He added, “the topics of the visit are important to us as Iraqis, as it will discuss security, economic, energy and health files. Iraq needs tangible American support in these areas that have become worrisome. Without this support, whether direct or by encouraging other countries to provide it, Al-Kadhimi’s situation will be difficult, and his chances of achieving his reform program are slim. ”
He explained that “Washington will be interested in listening to Al-Kadhimi’s point of view about its security and political presence in Iraq, and his ability to protect it from repeated militia threats, as well as discovering the extent of the Prime Minister’s ability to achieve the independence of the Iraqi state vis-à-vis Iranian interference and encirclement of militants outside the framework of the Iraqi state institutions.” .
Al-Ani stressed that the results of the visit will represent a turning point for a new phase, whether negative or positive. We hope that the Prime Minister will present his national vision based on the interest of the Iraqi people, their security and their sovereignty, without political biases or external influences.”
Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi is scheduled to start an official visit to the American capital, Washington, at the end of next week, during which he will meet President Trump and a number of US officials.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency