BAGHDAD, The First Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Hassan Karim al-Kaabi called on Thursday to summon the British Ambassador to Baghdad and hand him a note protesting his intervention in Iraqi internal affairs.
Al-Kaabi said in a statement that "Iraq is an independent state with sovereignty and independent political decision. We reject any foreign interference from any country that was involved in Iraqi internal affairs. We are keen in Iraq not to interfere in the affairs of these countries at all levels."
"We welcome the strengthening of relations between Iraq and sisterly and friendly countries, and we emphasize their enhancement and development," he said. He called on the Embassies and Diplomatic Missions of those countries to "abide by the international laws and regulations specific to their work."
He pointed out that "the statements and positions issued by the international diplomatic activities operating in Iraq must be under the heading of respect for the internal affairs of the country," stressing that "these statements should not exceed the controls and frameworks specific to them."
Al-Kaabi stressed that "the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should not only to express surprise at his statement on the nature of the task of the next Iraqi government," calling f to call the British Ambassador and deliver him a protest note and to ask him to apologize and not repeat it in the future."
"I invited the Iranian Ambassador to a frank discussion on the latest developments in Iraq and we agreed that the next government should improve its services and provide jobs to the Iraqi people," the British Ambassador to Baghdad Alex said in a tweet on his Twitter account.
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry has expressed its surprise at the British Ambassador to Baghdad and talk about the nature of the task of the next Iraqi government.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency