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Senior Iraqi MP Stresses Necessity for Full US Pullout

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TEHRAN, May 10 (ICANA) – Chairman of the Iraqi parliament's Foreign Relations Committee Hamam Hamoudi stressed the Iraqi people's strong demand for a complete withdrawal of the US forces from his country.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 6:51:05 PM
Senior Iraqi MP Stresses Necessity for Full US Pullout

Speaking at a meeting with Secretary-General of the Arab League Amr Moussa, Hamoudi stated that all Iraqi people and political factions in the parliament underline the necessity for the implementation of the security deal between Iraq and Washington.

"Even one single US soldier should not remain on Iraqi soil after 2011," the Iraqi lawmaker noted.

Hamoudi further pointed to the Arab League's postponed summit in Baghdad, and said Iraq realizes the reasons for postponing the Arab summit and it knows that the internal situation in certain countries has caused the delay.

However, Iraq retains its right to host the Arab Summit, he added.

Media reports said that the US has pressed senior Iraqi officials to revise their decision on the US pullout and demand Washington to keep its troops in the country beyond their scheduled departure in the yearend.

Late in April, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced that Iraq no more needs the US forces to protect its internal security, and underlined that his government will not bow to the pressures exerted on Baghdad to accept an extended US military mission in the country.

"The Iraqi government and parliament will not heed foreign pressures when making their decision on this issue and they will do what is to the interests of the Iraqi nation," Maliki said during a press conference in Baghdad at the time.

Asked if the US forces will leave Iraq based on the security pact between the two countries, he said, "The issue is still being studied and the government and parliament will decide about it in the near future after studying all the relevant aspects."

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