Iraq's former ambassador to Washington: Maliki asked for Obama's help after the fall of Mosul and was rejected for this reason

2017/10/11 12:02


Baghdad today - follow-up

Former Iraqi ambassador to Washington, Luqman al-Faily, revealed that former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki asked the US administration to help him in the war against Da'ash after the fall of Mosul, and was rejected.

"The administration of former President Barack Obama has no interest in the security and political events in Iraq, especially after the withdrawal of their troopsat the end of 2011. We note this, for example, in not addressing Iraq in speeches," al-Faily said in an interview with the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar. Obama's different, including the annual letter of the Union, and therefore, the file was given to his deputy Joseph Biden to follow up and management.

He added, "By 2013, there was a US reservation on the policies of Iraqi Prime Minister at that time, Mr. Nuri al-Maliki Perhaps the most important reservations were related to Iraq's policies towards Syria and allow Iranian air to cross Iraqi territory towards Syria, as well as the file (nature) From their point of view) with some friends of the United States, such as former finance minister Dr. Rafie al-Issawi and others. "

"Maliki himself asked in Washington at the end of 2013, and also through various delegations, in addition to various calls with Vice President Biden, to support Iraq on the ground by striking camps in the desert or by allowing Iraq to buy important weapons such as advanced Apache helicopters , But without interest amid a clear (American) procrastination. "

"Yes, as a result, the US messages were clear and to all parties at home," he said. "The need to not allow Maliki to renew a third term as prime minister will be supported by Iraq in its war against Da'ash."

"But they were saying that it is necessary that Iraq does not support the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, and that Iraq must have a strong and stable relationship with Iran," he said. Independence in its decisions towards Iran. "

"It is necessary to mention that the pressure on Iraq in these files was not linked to the US administration, but with both the Congress and with the Arab lobbies and others that were working against Iraq in Washington."