Iraqi List coalition head: U.S. seeks to form Iraqi government that meets Iran's interests
The U.S. government is trying to form a government in Iraq that meets the interests of Iran, 'Iraqi List' coalition head Iyad Alawi was quoted as saying by Al-Arabiya. The coalition won the parliamentary elections in Iraq.
"The U.S. wants the Iraqi government to meet Iran's interests," Allawi said. "It is possible that with this they try to avoid new problems after the withdrawal of the U.S. troops from Iraq."
Earlier, the Iraqi political bloc Al-Iraq of former Prime Minister Allawi withdrew of the negotiations on forming a coalition government with the Shiite bloc "State of Law" chaired by Acting Head of State Nouri al-Maliki.
The Al-Iraq bloc supported mainly by Sunni won the Iraqi parliamentary elections held March 7 and received 91 seats. The Shiite bloc "State of Law" received 89 seats. Third place went to the Iraqi National Alliance (INC) - 70 seats.
Talks on forming the Iraqi government, which will be a coalition for the first time in the history of the country, pass on the backdrop of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
According to the plan of U.S. President Barack Obama, combat missions of American forces in Iraq will end in late August and all combat brigades will be withdrawn from the country. The remaining approximately 50,000 U.S. military need to train Iraqi soldiers and then leave the country by late 2011.
"I am constantly in contact with representatives of the American leadership and see that we disagree with the U.S. position," Allawi said. "In any case, one can definitely say that U.S. policy is inconsistent, and not only in Iraq but throughout the region. We are witnessing the consequences of this in Palestine, Lebanon, Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and, of course, in Iraq."
Allawi expressed serious concern regarding the possible provision of security functions in Iraq by the private security companies after the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
"The law enforcement authorities have not yet been able to protect Iraq from both external and internal threats. In this regard, the government and the U.S. have to turn to private companies. It is impossible to improve the situation in Iraq, and the situation of the people and society in such a way," he added.
Consequently, the state institutions, the judiciary, which should play a very important role, should be strengthened, Allawi said.
"Each Iraqi citizen, regardless of his ethnic, religious or political affiliation, should be protected," Allawi noted. "Here we see large gaps, and this causes concern."
The level of violence has generally declined in Iraq over the past few years, but in recent months, tensions have risen after the election did not identify a clear winner.