What’s behind Iraqi FM’s anti-Iranian remarks?
When Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein sat down in front of Egypt’s Al-Ghad TV to answer the network’s widely biased interviewer’s questions, he may have forgotten that he is Iraq’s foreign minister. a country with the highest political and cultural relations and a strategic alliance with the regional coalition of the Resistance Axis…
1AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): When Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein sat down in front of Egypt’s Al-Ghad TV to answer the network’s widely biased interviewer’s questions, he may have forgotten that he is Iraq’s foreign minister. a country with the highest political and cultural relations and a strategic alliance with the regional coalition of the Resistance Axis and that it should represent the majority of society and that the coalition government should not be the bearer voice of specific political factions.
His statements in the interview, in which he spoke vaguely and generally about what he called Iranian interference in Iraqi affairs, did not represent either the close ties of the two neighboring countries or the reality of the diplomatic behavior of Tehran in favor of advancing good neighborly relations with Baghdad.
Record of biased positions of Hussein
The intriguing point is that this is not the first time that Hussein has taken anti-Iranian stances, which shows the dominance of his partisanship over claims about Iranian intervention in Iraqi affairs. His divisive positions are a long story over the past two decades and are never limited to his recent remarks.
In an interview with Saudi news channel Al Arabiya, which appealed to the Saudis, Hussein said Baghdad would never accept interference from neighbors.
“We make it clear that we are talking with neighboring states but we do not approve of their interference in our affairs. Our relationship with Iran is a relationship of neighbors, but Iraqi decisions should be made in Baghdad and not in another capital. “, did he declare. Al-Arabiya.
Moreover, during his tenure at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he adopted anti-Resistance Axis postures in regional affairs, running counter to the views of a majority of Iraqi society and political parties. The Resistance Axis is an Iranian-led regional bloc comprising Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen and Palestine formed in opposition to Western colonialism in the region.
For example, on September 17, 2021, during a meeting of foreign ministers of the Gulf (Persian) Cooperation Council, Hussein condemned Yemen’s self-defense measures and legitimate retaliatory operations against oil installations and Saudi military bases to force Riyadh to cease its criminal attacks. on civilians. This decision was met with protests from Iraqi political factions.
Further, commenting on a missile attack by Iran’s IRGC on a Mossad base in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, in mid-March, Hussein said: “Iran has not provided any clear evidence and tangible evidence of the Israeli presence in northern Iraq, and no instance of the Israeli presence in Erbil being sent to Baghdad prior to the missile strike.”
Tehran has repeatedly warned the Iraqi government of security threats posed by the activities of Mossad and separatist groups on Iraqi soil, and called for an immediate resolution of security issues, but the Iraqi government has not taken appropriate steps to address Iran’s concerns.
The double standard of Iraqi FM
As Finance Minister under Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, as a Kurdish politician, Hussein was appointed Foreign Minister under Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi. Despite the differences with al-Kadhimi, he obtained the post of foreign minister because he had serious support from Masoud Barzani.
Therefore, his performance as Foreign Minister represented the politics of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the person of Massoud Barzani, rather than expressing the views of the Iraqi coalition government, in which Iranian allies play a separate role.
His anti-Iranian comments, which conflict with bilateral interests, come as post-Saddam Iraqi governments have never denied Iran’s services to Iraq’s stability, territorial integrity and problem-solving .
Iraqi leaders have repeatedly emphasized the fact that Iran was the first country to rush unconditionally to the aid of Iraq in combating the terrorist organization ISIS, while other countries, including Hussein closed their eyes in the turmoil in Iraq, were just watching Iraq sink into the swamp of foreign-backed terrorism. Meanwhile, Iran, without any request, sent its greatest military figure and national hero, General Qassem Soleimani, to the heart of the crisis to help put an end to the grand plot hatched by the foreign state. Islam alongside the Iraqi people.
Moreover, despite desperately needing cash for its gas and electricity exports amid biting US sanctions, Iran has not cut power to Iraq so as not to add to the suffering of the Iraqi people. during the hot season when the Baghdad government refused to pay its debts due to US sanctions.
One has to ask Hussein what services the foreign countries he supports have provided to Iraq, except for plundering Iraqi oil and gas and deploying international terrorism to shed Iraqi blood. Naturally, if Hussein takes a balanced position on Iraq’s relations with other countries, he should talk about the ongoing American occupation, the interventionist actions of the British ambassador in Iraq, his party’s secret relations with the Israeli regime and Saudi and Emirati interference in October elections and public protests in recent years.
Iran, certainly, differentiates between Hussein and the Iraqi people and would continue to move towards truly brotherly cooperation with Iraq.