The three presidencies hold a meeting with a number of political leaders and confirm the commitment to national unity


The Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halboosi attended a meeting on Monday at “Assalam” Palace in Baghdad, with President Barham Saleh, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi and a number of national leaders to discuss the political and security situation in the country and the region.

The attendees were briefed by the Prime Minister, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, on the bombings of weapons and ammunition depots during the past few days.

The participants stressed the importance of following up the government’s actions taken on the available indications of external involvement in the attack on the targeted warehouses. They condemned this attack and blatant violation of the sovereignty of Iraq, and considered the attack that took place on the 45th Brigade of the Popular Mobilization in al-Qaim an attack on Iraqi sovereignty, describing those who died in it as martyrs of Iraq.

The meeting affirmed the support of the government in its measures to protect sovereignty and strengthen its defence capabilities and take all measures through all active channels and all international and regional organizations, which would deter aggressors and defend Iraq and its security and sovereignty.

It also underscored the importance of the national unity with its various political forces and components, and stand together for the security, safety and sovereignty of Iraq.

This very sensitive situation, regionally and internationally, requires everyone to appreciate the importance and gravity of the historic moment, and requires strengthening all that would support and consolidate the unity of Iraqis, preserve the independence of the Iraqi national position, and maintain the victory against terrorism, and not to retreat.

In the midst of these events, the participants agreed to:
1. Respecting the state’s authority and adherence to it in various circumstances, adhering to the constitutional institutional context, observing the rule of law and considering any transgression against the state and its institutions as a violation of the national interest and a violation of the law and be dealt with accordingly and as required by the laws of the Iraqi state.

2. Commitment to the document of the (Unified National Policy) agreed at the meeting of leaders, and not to be drawn to the policy of axes and rejection of making Iraq a battleground, and also refrain Iraq of being a starting point for any aggression on its neighbourhood.

3. Supporting and appreciating the heroic role of the armed forces in its various formations, and working diligently for the security and intelligence services in pursuing the remnants of ISIS, and emphasizing the continuation of this role responsibly to prevent them from regaining any opportunity to gather or rise and return, until the final elimination of any remaining ISIS.

4. Appreciating the honorable sacrifices and the national role given by the Popular Mobilization as an effective part of the national defence system, obeying the orders of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, confirming the importance of committing to the implementation of the government order, and the management of weapons depots according to the contexts in the country and through sound procedures and under the umbrella of the defence system; and orders of the Commander in Chief.

5. Take precautions to deal with potential emergencies and face their consequences.

6. Follow-up agreements and understandings with the international coalition to help fulfill its obligations to the sovereignty, independence, security and safety of Iraq.