Expresses 'firm opposition'
Iraqi FM discusses sanctions and strikes with US counterpart
BAGHDAD — In a phone call, Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed a range of issues, including sanctions imposed on several Iraqi banks and the U.S. military attacks in Akashat and Al-Qaim.
A statement from the minister’s office, reads,
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fuad Hussein, received a phone call from the Secretary of State of the United States of America, Mr. Anthony Blinken, to discuss ongoing regional and international developments. They also addressed recent attacks launched by the United States on military and civilian sites in the Akashat and Al-Qaim regions, resulting in casualties among Iraqi security forces and civilians.
Minister Hussein reiterated the Iraqi government’s firm opposition to such attacks and emphasized the importance of avoiding Iraq being used as a battleground for settling disputes between other nations. He stressed the necessity of returning to dialogue and negotiation, particularly within the framework of the Supreme Military Committee meetings. Both parties underscored the significance of enhancing the strategic partnership between Iraq and the United States, committing to continued coordination and consultation to tackle emerging regional challenges.
Furthermore, Minister Hussein raised concerns about recent sanctions imposed by the US Treasury on seven Iraqi banks, following earlier sanctions on fourteen others. He sought clarification on the reasons behind these measures, especially considering the vital role these banks play in financing essential services like ration card expenses and providing support to Iraqi families with limited incomes. Minister Hussein officially appealed for a reassessment of the US Treasury’s decision, reaffirming Iraq’s commitment to fostering partnerships and cooperation with friendly nations to address economic and security challenges and promote regional stability.
In response, Secretary Blinken expressed his commitment to ongoing collaboration and support for Iraq across various sectors, particularly in economic cooperation endeavors.