I have reviewed local media reports in the Middle East Region from Baghdad to Tehran. People are voicing their opinion on removing Nuri al-Maliki from the position of Prime Minister. You have to look at two countries that are strong supporters of Nuri al-Maliki staying as the leader of Iraq.
The leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei, has expressed strong opposition to the United States government’s interference in Iraq’s internal affairs.
Ayatollah Khamenei said,
“We are strongly against the interference of the US and others in Iraq’s internal affairs and do not approve of it, because we believe that the Iraqi government, nation and religious authority are capable of ending this sedition and will end it, God willing,”
The Iran government has been supportive of Nuri Maliki over the last eight years. The US government don’t like the fact that PM Maliki is beholden to the Iranian regime.
Over the last year, PM Maliki has asked the US for support in combating the extremists operating in Iraq. Maliki received minimal support.
On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered Prime Minister Nuri Maliki total backing for the fight against Jihadist fighters who have swept across the Middle East.
For the moment, PM Maliki has the backing and the support of Iran and Russia.
U.S. Secretary State John Kerry, travelled to Baghdad and visited for an hour and a half with PM Maliki and other Iraqi government officials. After the meeting, Kerry stated that the meeting was “good.”
PM Maliki advised Secretary Kerry that he would follow the constitution process in selecting the positions of Speaker, President, and Prime Minister. PM Maliki also stated that whoever has the largest bloc would form the new government.