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NNA – Iraq plans to lobby against new restrictions on travel to the United States by Iraqis, arguing the two countries need to preserve their alliance against Islamic State (IS), two members of the Iraqi parliament close to the government said on Sunday.
Dependent on U.S. military aid against IS, the Iraqi government has so far declined comment on an executive order signed by new U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday that suspends the entry of travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days énL1N1FH1XYû. The order stirred angry reactions in Iraq, where more than 5,000 U.S. troops are deployed to help Iraqi and regional Kurdish forces in the war against IS insurgents.
Some members of parliament said Iraq should retaliate with similar measures against the United States.
“Iraq is in the front line of the war on terrorism (…) and it is unfair that the Iraqis are treated in this way,” parliament’s foreign affairs committee said in a statement.
“We call on the Iraqi government to retaliate for the decision taken by the U.S. administration,” it added after a session on Sunday in Baghdad.
Baghdad plans to lobby Washington to review the decision, according to two lawmakers who declined to be identified. — REUTERS