Iraq ‘committed’ to protecting, securing all foreign diplomatic missions

File photo of Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Services (CTS) members secure a street in Basra on September 10, 2018. (AFP)

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry spokesman stressed that Iraq is committed to protecting and securing foreign diplomatic missions residing in its territory.

The spokesman added that the Iraqi government is determined to face any threats against diplomatic missions or any foreign visitor as part of Iraq’s security.

Washington announced on Friday the closure of its consulate in Basra, citing “threats” attributed to Iran, after bloody protests in the southern city of Iraq.

On Friday, the US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that Secretary Mike Pompeo called for the “orderly departure” of all US personnel from Basra, saying consular services would be provided by the US Embassy in Baghdad. Read more

Pompeo said that the source of these threats is “the Iranian government and the elite Quds Force Unit of the Revolutionary Guards Corp and militias supported and controlled by the Quds Force Commander Qassem Suleimani,” he said.

In mid-September, the White House warned that it would hold Iran responsible for any attack by groups backed by Tehran against American nationals or US interests in Iraq.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54