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Allawi: Iraq’s political trend has to be reviewed

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Dr. Ayad Allawi
Dr. Ayad Allawi
In an interview with Asharqiya TV, Dr. Ayad Allawi, former Iraqi Prime Minister, regarding his rejection of meeting with Ahmadinejad, said: We don’t want to just have a protocol visit and take some photographs for propaganda use; rather what matters to us is the Iraqi people, sovereignty, independence, stability and security in Iraq and in the region. About the $1 billion loan to Iraq claimed by the Iranian regime, Allawi said: I can assure you Iraq doesn’t need such a loan and this is an infamy for Iraq. Regarding stealing Iraqi oil wells by the Iranian regime, Allawi said: The present government doesn’t have necessary political or military power to solve these problems; it is disabled; the Iraqi government should resort to the regional and international authorities and complain officially against the Iranian regime with respect to these files; we shouldn’t stay silent regarding such issues; the Iraqi government should ask the relevant countries and particularly the US to guarantee Iraq’s interests in the future. Regarding the situation of the Maliki’s government, Dr. Allawi said: The political trend of Iraq is facing serious obstacles, and as it is clear, a big number of ministers are outside the government. Services are not provided to the people at all; the economy is totally idle, and the sectarian strategy in politics is insisted on and continues. Iraq’s streets are witness to violence which is unfortunately increasing, and national reconciliation is being left aside continuously. To serve Iraq and its people, this political trend as a whole has to be reviewed and evaluated genuinely. I don’t believe national reconciliation has been substantiated in Iraq, or it has had any achievements; on the contrary I believe it has declined. The government is not serious in substantiating national reconciliation either. Its effort in this regard is something about zero; it is limited to just holding conferences and nothing more. What is being said about national reconciliation nowadays are nothing but empty words that have no tangible effect on Iraq’s political process and political arena.

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