Iraq regrets storming Bahraini embassy in Baghdad

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-28 20:04:38|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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BAGHDAD, June 28 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi government on Friday regretted storming the Bahraini embassy in Baghdad by demonstrators and warned that such act will never be tolerated.

A statement by the media office of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said that what the demonstrators did on Thursday night was an act of sabotage and a violation of the law and the immunity of diplomatic missions.

It said the Iraqi authorities took all necessary measures to remove the demonstrators from the embassy building and many protestors who will be brought to justice for their acts.

"The government of Iraq is serious in preventing violations of the law and will never tolerate such acts. The government affirms its absolute rejection of any action threatening diplomatic missions, security, safety and safety of their personnel," the statement said.

On Thursday evening, angry protesters broke into the Bahrain embassy in Baghdad and brought down the Bahraini flag, protesting the U.S.-sponsored conference in Bahrain aimed at promoting U.S. peace plan named "Deal of the Century."

Dozens of the protesters raised Palestinian and Iraqi flags and broke into the embassy in western neighborhood of Mansour in Baghdad and burned the Israeli flag, expressing their rejection to the so-called "Peace to Prosperity" workshop in Manama, held on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Later on, Iraqi security forces arrived at the scene and took control of the situation after they cordoned off the embassy building and blocked the roads leading to the site.

On Friday, a statement by the Iraqi Foreign Ministry condemned storming the Bahraini embassy in Baghdad, and confirmed that "security of embassies is a red line that we do not allow to violate."

It said that the security authorities have taken all necessary measures to protect the Bahraini embassy from any intrusion, or assault on its employees, confirming that the security forces arrested many protestors and will bring them to justice.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi foreign ministry said in a statement that its minister, Mohammad al-Hakim, held a phone call with his Bahraini counterpart Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, in which he expressed his condemnation of the storming of Bahraini embassy by a number of demonstrators on Thursday night.

Al-Hakim asserted Iraq's commitment to the security of diplomatic missions, including the embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain, saying "such acts will not affect the level of relations or diplomatic representation between Baghdad and Manama."

Earlier, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmad al-Sahaf told reporters, that Iraq did not participate in the "Peace to Prosperity" workshop in Manama, and confirmed Iraq's adherence to firm stance towards the Palestinian issue.

"Iraq is not participating in the Bahrain conference because of its steadfast position towards the Palestinian issue, which is built on the right of the Palestinian people to establish their united state with Jerusalem as its capital, and defend the rights of the Palestinian people," according to al-Sahaf.

In Manama conference, the attendees discussed what the United States has described as the financial component of its plan to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The two-day event, which is led by Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, is boycotted by the Palestinian leadership.

Palestinian leaders said the gathering circumvents a political settlement based on a two-state solution, describing it as an attempt by U.S. administration and some Middle East allies to liquidate the Palestinian cause.