Iraq op­poses US congress pro­posal to arm Kurds

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Iraqi gov­ern­ment has strongly op­posed a bill pro­posed by the US Congress that al­lows the Iraqi Kurds to be armed di­rectly, by­pass­ing Iraq's cen­tral gov­ern­ment, Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter Haidar Al-Abadi said in a press re­lease.

In March 2015, the US Congress in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion to side­step the bu­reau­cratic de­lays in Bagh­dad that have led to de­lays in arms ship­ments to the Kur­dish fronts against the IS. The leg­is­la­tion would al­lo­cate mil­i­tary ar­ti­cles di­rectly to the Kur­dish Pesh­marga fighters.

"The bill pro­posed by the Se­nate For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee is op­posed by the Iraqi gov­ern­ment, as it leads to fur­ther di­vi­sions in the re­gion," Al-Abadi said on Wed­nes­day.

"We call on the US Congress not to pass the bill to pre­serve the strate­gic re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries in fight­ing the Is­lamic State ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion and re­in­forc­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween them," al-Abadi added.

The Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter added that coun­tries work- ing along­side Bagh­dad in com­bat­ing the IS have re­spected Iraq’s sovereignty, and stressed that no­body will re­ceive weapons with­out the con­sent of the cen­tral gov­ern­ment.

“There is no dou­ble deal­ing with the out­side par­ties… We stress that arm­ing any group will not oc­cur un­less via the Iraqi gov­ern­ment, in ac­cor­dance with its mil­i­tary plans,” al-Abadi added.

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