Egyptian president denounces assassination attempt on Iraqi PM

Ahram Online , Sunday 7 Nov 2021

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi denounced on Sunday an assassination attempt on Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi in Baghdad, urging all parties to renounce violence.

Egypt s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (L) meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi in Baghdad, 28 August 2021. Egyptian Presidency

The residence of Al-Kadhimi, former intelligence chief who has served as Iraqi prime minister since May 2020, in the heavily fortified Green Zone was hit by an explosive-laden drone on Sunday.

In a Facebook post, El-Sisi said he "followed with deep concern the unrighteous assassination attempt" on the Iraqi prime minister, praying to God to protect Al-Kadhimi and help Iraq and the Iraqi people achieve security and stability.

"I also urge all political parties and powers in Iraq to [exercise] calm, renounce violence, and combine efforts to achieve the state's stability and the aspirations of the brotherly Iraqi people," El-Sisi added.

The assassination attempt comes after Iraq held parliamentary elections early in October, which saw pro-Iran groups losing elections.

Calling the Iraqi election results "manipulation," supporters of Iran-backed armed groups reportedly attempted to storm the Green Zone to demand a recount of polls results.

At least one was killed and scores were injured as anti-riot police clashed with protesters.

Al-Kadhimi denounced Sunday’s attack as "cowardly," calling for "calm and self-restraint for the sake of Iraq".

On Twitter, Al-Kadhimi said "thanks to God, I am fine and among my people," vowing that "the missiles of treachery will not discourage the determination of believers".

He added that "not a hair will be shaken in the steadfastness and insistence of our heroic security forces to preserve the people's security, achieve justice, and set the law in place".

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry also strongly denounced the attempt, urging all Iraqi parties to exercise self-restraint.

"Egypt stresses that these miserable terrorist acts will not discourage sisterly Iraq from continuing on the path of national achievements, the latest of which was last month’s parliamentary elections," the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry affirmed Egypt's support to Iraq against all threats to its security and stability.

"Egypt calls for Iraqi parties to exercise self-restraint and prioritise the national interest with the aim of preserving the security, stability, and sovereignty of sisterly Iraq," the statement added.

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