Iraqi lawmaker urges prime minister to take UAE interference seriously

An Iraqi member of parliament has urged Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to look into reports on interference by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Iraq’s internal affairs.

Nasser Turki, with al-Fatah Alliance, is seeking an emergency meeting on the issue between the premier and leaders of political parties.

The Iraqi lawmaker told al-Maalomah news agency on Wednesday that information provided by leaders of al-Fatah Alliance is “dangerous and can’t be ignored.”

He said ignoring such an issue would “open the door for other countries to violate the Iraqi sovereignty.” The member of parliament questioned the government’s ‘inconsistent’ approach in dealing with the matter.

Earlier in March, Qais Khazali, the leader of Iraq’s anti-terror movement Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq warned of a conspiracy against Iraq hatched by an Emirati security team which is reportedly in the country to influence the Iraqi intelligence service.

Last week, Kazem al-Sayadi, also a member of parliament, said the UAE, at the request of the United States and the Israeli regime, was implementing a ‘destructive and destabilizing’ agenda in Iraq.

Sayadi said the UAE’s National Security Advisor Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, “buys the positions in the (Iraqi) ministries and assign them to corrupt figures” to implement that agenda, which is to undermine security in southern and central Iraq and to target the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), better known as Hashd al-Sha’abi.

The PMU is a government-sponsored umbrella organization composed of about 40 factions of volunteer counterterrorism forces, including mostly Shia Muslim groups, besides Sunni Muslims, Christians and Kurds.

The popular force played a major role in the liberation of the entire Iraqi land from the control of terrorists in December 2017.


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