Baghdad - INA
Today, Thursday, the Foreign Relations Committee called on the Presidency of the House of Representatives to take a firm stance towards protecting diplomatic missions.
A member of the committee, Amer Al-Fazi, told the Iraqi News Agency (INA): "The tasks of protecting diplomatic missions are the responsibility of the host country, and therefore the perpetrators of these attacks must reconsider their actions, as they are irresponsible and will cause the weakness of the Iraqi state."
He added, "The House of Representatives is required to take a firm stance towards protecting embassies and diplomatic bodies, although its role is monitoring and not executive.
He pointed out that "the withdrawal of the US embassy may be followed by the withdrawal of other embassies, which would cause a diplomatic loss for Iraq, in addition to economic and security losses."
And he continued, "Whoever wants to take any position towards the American presence; he must take another path other than prejudice to the diplomatic missions as they affect the sovereignty of Iraq."
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhmi received ambassadors of 25 brotherly and friendly countries, upon their request, to discuss recent developments regarding the security of diplomatic missions in Iraq.
Al-Kadhmi affirmed that "Iraq is keen to impose the rule of law, confine arms to the state, and protect diplomatic missions and headquarters," stressing that "the perpetrators of attacks on the security of diplomatic missions seek to destabilize Iraq and sabotage its regional and international relations."
He pointed out that "these attacks do not target international missions only, but also target innocent citizens, including children, and that the state's security institutions are determined to put an end to them, and have begun to take the necessary measures to achieve this goal."
The Prime Minister stressed that "the outlaws who try to harm the reputation of Iraq and its international obligations are inspired by non-national motives, and they despise the will of the Iraqi people and their religious, political and cultural references that unanimously agreed on the seriousness of what they are doing."