US President Joe Biden’s administration has informed the new Iraqi Prime Minister, Muhammad Shia’a al-Sudani, that it will not deal with ministers and senior officials belonging to factions that Washington has classified on the terrorist list. According to what was reported by the “Axios” website today, Wednesday.
The site said, quoting two informed sources, that among those ministers that the Biden administration has already decided not to deal with, is the new Minister of Higher Education, which it said belongs to the League of the Righteous.
He also added that the United States is concerned about the appointment of al-Sudani as head of his media office, who previously worked with media outlets affiliated with Asaib Ahl al-Haq and the Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades.
“The Sudanese have been informed.”
While the site indicated that the US ambassador to Iraq informed Al-Sudani of the US policy regarding dealing with government ministers and officials associated with armed factions.
A government source denies
However, the Iraqi News Agency quoted a government source as saying today, Wednesday, that there is no truth to what is rumored about the Americans delivering messages to Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani not to deal with some ministers.
The source said that whoever spreads such news “has goals that have become clear and open to all.”
The Iraqi prime minister had appointed a journalist close to Asaib Ahl al-Haq, led by Qais al-Khazali, as director of his media office.
Close to Iran
Journalist Rabih Nader held the position of program director for Al-Ahed TV, affiliated with Asaib Ahl al-Haq. He also worked for Iraqi stations and media outlets very close to what is known today as the pro-Iranian “coordination framework”.
However, what is remarkable about his career is that he moved from Al-Ahed TV, affiliated with Asaib Ahl al-Haq, to the office of former Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi to work in his media office, during the outbreak of the protest movement in 2019.