Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani emphasized the need for regulated foreign troop presence and eventual withdrawal to safeguard Iraq's sovereignty and stability. In an exclusive interview in New York, he stated that while military advisers were present, their size, location, and duration needed regulation. Sudani stressed the importance of a clear timeline for troop exit to eliminate excuses for armed groups demanding the state's control over weapons. He referred to the Resistance Coordination Committee, which includes various armed groups, and their refusal to disarm until all foreign occupation troops leave Iraq. Despite a 2020 parliamentary vote ordering their exit, US troops remain stationed in Iraq, contributing to ongoing tensions.
Sudani's proposal to establish military camps for the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) outside major cities was highlighted, emphasizing the PMU's role in maintaining security in Iraq. He also emphasized that Iraq's relationship with the US should extend beyond security, asserting Iraq's independence and avoidance of any sphere of influence.
This statement underscores Iraq's complex situation involving foreign troop presence, domestic security challenges, and the ongoing influence of various armed groups, making clear the country's pursuit of sovereignty and stability.