Several major countries of the world have expressed their commitment to Iraqi sovereignty, and have rejected the threat of US President Donald Trump to impose sanctions on Baghdad if US forces are forced to leave Iraq.
In a joint statement, France, Britain, and Germany affirmed the commitment to the sovereignty and security of Iraq, as well as the commitment to continue fighting the Islamic State.
In this context, the statement said, it is necessary to maintain the international coalition, calling on the Iraqi authorities to continue to provide the necessary support to the coalition.
For his part, German Foreign Minister Haikou Maas said today that the threat of sanctions against Iraq is of no use, after US President Donald Trump warned that Baghdad might face sanctions “they had never seen before” if American forces were forced to leave.
“I don’t think convincing Iraq of the threat will work, but rather through dialogue,” Maas told German Deutschland Funk radio.
France reminded Iraq of the importance of combating ISIS yesterday, as announced by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The ministry said in a statement that French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had spoken by phone with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, and “stressed the importance of continuing to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria within the framework of the international coalition, with full respect for Iraqi sovereignty.”
The statement added that Abdul-Mahdi and Ludrian agreed to continue the dialogue in this regard.
Yesterday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed in a television interview, his fear that Iraq would become a region of conflict between Iran and the United States, saying that this would harm peace and stability in the whole region.
NATO is scheduled to hold an extraordinary meeting today at the ambassadorial level to discuss the crisis between the United States and Iran, according to a NATO spokesman.
For its part, the Chinese Foreign Ministry expressed its deep concern about the current situation in the region and worsened the situation between the United States and Iran.
Beijing called on its counterpart Washington not to abuse the force, and urged the parties concerned to show restraint.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry stressed that ensuring peace and stability in the Gulf region is very vital for the whole world.
As for Japan, its Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on the parties concerned to solve the problems through diplomatic means after the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, deputy chief of the Popular Mobilization militia, with an American raid in Baghdad.
Mexico said yesterday that it is concerned about the recent events in Iraq and Iran, and called on all parties concerned to exercise restraint and avoid the escalation of regional tension.
For its part, the South African Foreign Ministry announced its support for the sovereignty of Iraq, and called for calm and dialogue, while the ruling National Congress Party described the American raid that killed Soleimani and the engineer as state terrorism.