Iraq will not be used against other countries, prime minister says

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Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has strongly condemned latest remarks by US President Donald Trump that American forces must remain in Iraq so Washington can keep a close eye on neighboring Iran, stressing that his country will not accept being used for any acts of aggression against other states.

On Monday, Iraqi President Barham Salih hit back at Trump’s comments, saying, “The Iraqi constitution rejects the use of Iraq as a base for hitting or attacking a neighboring country.”

He said Trump did not ask Iraq’s permission for US troops stationed there to “watch Iran.”

“US forces were in the country legally under an agreement between the two countries, but that any action taken outside this framework is unacceptable,” he added.

“Don’t overburden Iraq with your own issues. The US is a major power…but do not pursue your own policy priorities, we live here,” Salih pointed out.

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