RNA – Iraq’s Mufti Shaykh Abdul-Mahdi al-Sumaidai called on Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to courageously make efforts to force American forces to withdraw from Iraq.
In a message on Friday, Shaykh al-Sumaidai congratulated Prime Minister al-Kadhimi on assuming the office of Prime Minister.
He also urged the new premier to strive to resolve issues and problems such as those related to unemployment, refugees, prisoners and university graduates.
The senior cleric further called for efforts to expel the United States forces from the country.
In a vote on January 5, the Iraqi parliament called for an end to the presence of all foreign troops, including Americans.
The vote came two days after the United States military – acting on United States President Donald Trump’s order – launched a fatal drone strike on senior Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qasem Soleymani upon his arrival in the Iraqi capital at the invitation of the Baghdad government.
The attack also claimed the lives of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of the PMU, and eight other Iranian and Iraqi people.
Washington has threatened sanctions should United States troops be expelled instead of heeding the Iraqi parliament’s call to end the occupation of the country.