Iraq expels US congressmen on statement of “repayments” for the 2003 invasion.
Saturday, June 11, 2011 11:29 GMT
Iraq’s Government announced on Friday that it has notified the US Embassy in Baghdad about the necessity for visiting US congressmen to leave the country following the stands they voiced on Friday.
Iraq has reservations over the statements of the visiting US congressmen, a source from Iraq’s Foreign Ministry said.
“Iraq’s Government has notified the US Embassy in Baghdad about the necessity for visiting US congressmen to leave the country for they are not welcome anymore”, State Minister and Cabinet spokesman Ali Dabbagh told Alsumarianews without giving any further details.
Six US congressmen held on Friday a press conference at the US Embassy in Baghdad calling for Iraq to repay a portion of the “mega-dollars” that Washington has spent since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003.
"We were hoping that there would be a consideration of a payback because the United States right now is in close to a very serious economic crisis and we could certainly use some people to care about our situation as we have cared about theirs", Republican representative Dana Rohrabacher told journalists at the US embassy in Baghdad.
A senior official at Iraq’s Foreign Ministry told Alsumarianews that the ministry did not issue an order to expel the US congressmen. The order was issued from the ministerial council without passing by the Ministry.
“The statements of the US Congressmen in Baghdad spurred the reservations of Iraqis”, the official speaking on condition of anonymity said noting however that there was no need to expel them.
Iraq has never expelled any diplomat or foreign politician from the country on account of its stands towards Iraq.
This development comes along US pressures on Iraq to extend the presence of US Forces in Iraq beyond the December 31 deadline.