BAGHDAD OPPOSES RELOCATION OF US SOLDIERS FROM SYRIA TO IRAQ
BAGHDAD, Baghdad has voiced its opposition to the US pressures to deploy the country’s military forces in Iraq after their withdrawal from Syria, a senior Iraqi MP said.
The Arabic-language Afaq news website quoted Amer al-Fayez, a senior Iraqi legislator, as saying that the Iraqi government has rejected Washington’s demands to send its forces from Syria to Iraq.
He quoted Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi as saying that deployment of new military forces is rejected and impossible without a parliament approval.
“The US side has pressured the prime minister so much, but he has rejected it so far,” Fayez said.
Media reports had said earlier that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has discussed the issue with Abdul Mahdi in a phone conversation.
But the Iraqi prime minister’s office said in a statement on Saturday that Abdul Mahdi and Pompeo discussed the US withdrawal from Syria and Washington’s decision to grant Iraq a 90-day extension on a waiver from sanctions against Iran that would allow Baghdad to purchase electricity from Tehran during the phone conversation.
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