According to government spokesman Bassem Al-Awadi, the proposal to close the American embassy is a highly dangerous decision that not only affects the framework agreement but also poses a threat to Iraq’s stability. He emphasized that Iraq’s confusion about the Arab resolution at the United Nations General Assembly meeting was due to their reservations about the two-state solution as per the “criminalization of normalization” law.
During a media interview with Al-Mutla’, Al-Awadi stated that the Iraqi government has a responsibility to fulfill international obligations by protecting diplomatic missions in accordance with international laws, customs, and traditions. He also mentioned that closing the American embassy could have serious consequences and repercussions.
Closing the American embassy is a dangerous decision that could have severe consequences, not only for the framework agreement but also for the stability of Iraq.
After the attack on the Swedish embassy, 16 European Union ambassadors stated that they will be closing their embassies and leaving Iraq to ensure the safety of their citizens. This raises concerns about the safety of the United States embassy in Iraq, as it may face a similar threat. Experts predict that if an attack were to occur on the US embassy, everyone may evacuate Iraq.
The Western presence in Iraq is largely reliant on the United States’ continued military presence in the country. The international coalition’s presence provides reassurance to other countries that they are protected while in Iraq. However, with the withdrawal of the coalition forces, no Western parties will remain in Iraq.
During the United Nations Assembly, a parliamentary decision was made to “criminalize normalization,” which stopped all of Iraq’s foreign obligations from 1948 until now. Thus, Iraq cannot agree to any resolution or statement that includes the phrase “two-state solution.” The delegation carefully studied the issue from a legal perspective and ultimately deemed it necessary and vital to approve the resolution. The resolution was originally adopted by the Iraqi government, which worked extensively on it. It includes a ceasefire and allows for the passage of humanitarian aid. Therefore, Iraq agreed with reservations on the articles that included the “two-state solution.”
During a meeting with an Iraqi delegation, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas inquired about their decision to abstain from voting and their reservations towards the two-state solution, which is a demand of the Palestinian people. Abbas also mentioned that Hamas has welcomed and supported this decision. The Iraqi delegation responded to Abbas’ concerns during the meeting.
The law criminalizing normalization requires Iraq to uphold the two-state solution, or else violate Iraqi law.
Iraq consistently supports Palestine, but the “criminalization of normalization” law imposes new obligations.
Only two countries in the world reject the two-state solution: Israel and Iraq. Israel opposes it to avoid the creation of a Palestinian state, while Iraq is against it due to the law criminalizing normalization.