Bagdhad (YE) – The Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a formal communiqué on Monday, berating the egregious comments made by US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, who said that it is time for the Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) who are fighting ISIS terrorists to go home.
Saad al-Hadithi, a spokesperson for the Iraqi government on Monday disparaged the remarks made by Mr. Tillerson, saying that PMF is an integral part of the Iraqi military apparatus, adding that Tillerson’s insulting comments are considered as a flagrant intervention in the Iraqi internal affairs.
Al-Hadithi pointed out that PMF is made up of Iraq’s bravest youth who took up arms and have made the supreme sacrifices in the fight against Saudi-backed ISIS terrorists.
The Iraqi spokesman noticed that the number of the Iranian military advisors in Iraq are very limited and they have been staying in Iraq solely to train the Iraqi elite forces.
The Iraqi government’s indignant response comes a day after Rex Tillerson in a joint meeting with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir attacked the Iranian-backed PMF fighters, accusing them of allegedly destabilizing Iraq.
In the meantime, the Deputy Saudi Foreign Minister said that Riyadh’s aid to Iraq for reconstructing the Iraqi war-torn cities is contingent upon the withdrawal of all Iranian military forces from Iraq.
But many politicians in Iraq believe that US, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, Qatar and Kurdish separatists in northern Iraq helped ISIS terrorists in their initial rampage across Iraqi provinces in 2014.
Iraqi government repeatedly expressed its gratitude to the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for being the light in Iraq’s darkest times when the Iraqi Army collapsed in the face of ISIS terrorists in Mosul.
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