“Popular Mobilisation fighters should be encouraged because they will be the hope of country and the region,” Prime Minister Abadi has said.
The Prime Minister of Iraq has defended the PMF (Popular Mobilization Force) after the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, claimed that these militias and paramilitary groups should return home. Many PMF militias play a crucial role in fighting ISIS insurgents, and retaking Daesh-controlled regions.
Tillerson arrived in Baghdad on Monday as part of a tour of the Middle East and Central Asia. A few hours before Tillerson’s arrival, the Prime Minister of Iraq rejected the call to demobilize the militias.
In a meeting with Tillerson, Abadi said that the Popular Mobilization is an Iraqi institute and reaffirmed that they are not acting as Iranian proxies in Iraq.
“Popular Mobilisation fighters should be encouraged because they will be the hope of country and the region,” he said.
Tillerson stated that fighters from countries other than Iraq should leave now that the battle appears to be drawing to an end.
“The foreign fighters in Iraq need to go home and allow the Iraqi people to regain control,” Tillerson said during a visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in a joint conference with Iraqi Leaders.
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