Thu Dec 27th, 2018 at 10:32:40 AM EST
Parliamentarians call emergency session "to discuss blatant violation of Iraq's sovereignty and to stop these aggressive actions by Trump"
Iraqi politicians criticise Donald Trump's visit to country | The National UAE |
President Donald Trump's surprise visit to American troops in Iraq was criticised by political and militia leaders as a violation of the country's sovereignty.
Iraqi parliamentarians also revealed that a meeting between the US president and Iraqi prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi had to be cancelled due to a disagreement over venue.
Sabah al Saadi, the leader of the Islah parliamentary bloc, called for an emergency session of parliament "to discuss this blatant violation of Iraq's sovereignty and to stop these aggressive actions by Trump who should know his limits: the US occupation of Iraq is over."
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Prime minister Abdul Mahdi's office said in a statement that he had been informed about the visit. The statement said the Iraqi prime minister and US president talked by telephone due to a "disagreement over how to conduct the meeting."
Iraqi lawmakers told Reuters that the pair had disagreed over where their planned meeting should take place: Mr Trump had asked to meet at the Ain al-Asad military base, an offer which Mr Abdul Mahdi declined.
Qais Al Khazali, the leader of the powerful Iran-backed Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia said on Twitter, "Iraqis will respond with a parliamentary decision to oust your (US) military forces. And if they do not leave, we have the experience and the ability to remove them by other means that your forces are familiar with."
Some Iraqis, however, were less concerned with the US president's visit.
"We won't get anything from America," said Baghdad resident Mohammad Abdullah. "They've been in Iraq 16 years, and they haven't given anything to the country except destruction and devastation."
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