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Kuwait strongly condemns attempted assassination on Iraq PM

KUWAIT: The Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday strongly condemned the assassination attempt on Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhemi. The ministry said in a statement that this criminal act does not only target the Prime Minister, but it also targets Iraq’s unity and achievements made on all levels, voicing confidence that the Iraqi people are able to face any act that undermines their national unity. It emphasized that Kuwait stands with Iraq in solidarity and supports all the measures taken to preserve its security, stability and sovereignty.

Meanwhile, GCC Secretary-General Dr Nayef Al-Hajraf condemned the “wrongful” assassination attempt targeting Iraqi Prime Minister. Hajraf affirmed in a press release absolute opposition to such aggressions threatening the stability and security of Iraq, which is part of the security of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The GCC chief also expressed solidarity with Iraq and its people to safeguard the country’s security, stability and territorial integrity.

In the meantime, Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmad Abul-Gheit denounced, in the strongest words, the “disgraceful attempt” to target Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa. “This explosive-laden drone attack on the (Iraqi) prime minister’s house targets the Iraqi state’s prestige, security and stability,” the Cairo-based Arab bloc said in a press statement. “This recent chaos in Iraq, escalated by this shameful attempt on the prime minister’s life, proves once again that the Iraqi state should resolutely handle the issue of (unlicensed) firearm and outlawed groups,” he underlined.

However, the bloc’s chief voiced confidence that Iraqi security organs are able to protect state institutions and stand against any bid to undermine this Arab country’s security and stability. He restated that the Arab League would carry on standing by Iraq and its people in order to overcome this critical time peacefully and safely.

The Arab Parliament also strongly condemned the failed drone “terrorist” attack that targeted Kadhemi’s residence. The Parliament stated in a statement that they stand with Iraq and its people in any measures they take in order to keep their country’s security, stability and territorial integrity. The Parliament also affirmed that “the security of Iraq is part of the Arab national security”, and demanded an urgent investigation regarding the failed assassination attempt targeting the Prime Minister.

Moreover, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) expressed strongly worded condemnation of the assassination attempt on life of the Iraqi Prime Minister, affirming that it is closely following latest updates on the situation. The Organization’s Secretary-General Yousef Al-Othaimeen said in a press statement that the assassination attempt is a “terrorist act targeting Iraq’s unity, security and stability”.

Othaimeen stressed the necessity of protecting Iraq’s security, stability and territorial integrity, urging all political parties to resort to peaceful dialogue in order to overcome obstacles. Earlier yesterday, the Iraqi Joint Operation Command announced that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhemi survived an attempted assassination involving an explosive-laden drone attack. – KUNA


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