Iraq’s Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani has traveled to Tehran and declared his allegiance to Iran just one day after meeting with Democrat President Joe Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
According to multiple reports, al-Sudani met with Iranian leadership in a show of support for Iran-back terrorist group Hamas.
On Sunday, Blinken traveled to Baghdad to meet with al-Sudani.
According to the State Department, Blinken relayed concerns to the Iraqi PM about increased attacks by Iranian-backed militia groups on U.S. troops stationed in Iraq.
al-Sudani met with Iranian leadership one day later in Tehran.
The two nations have now declared their solidarity and praised Hamas’s October 7 terrorist attacks against Israel, according to a press release from Iran Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s office.
Both Iraq and Iran also denounced Israel’s counteroffensive.
According to the press release from Khamenei’s office, al-Sudani met with Khamenei in Tehran on Monday to jointly condemn Israel’s counteroffensive in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
During their meeting, al-Sudani described the Hamas terror attacks as a “heroic operation.”
“Despite this joy [referring to the Hamas Oct. 7 attacks], we are all deeply devastated by the brutal massacre in Gaza, which is a collective revenge on the people of this small region,” al-Sudani said.
al-Sudani also met with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and blasted the United States for supporting Israel’s “crimes against humanity and genocide,” according to a press release from Raisi’s office.
The two agreed that a broader regional conflict could only be avoided if Israel halts its counteroffensive, which is unlikely.
“Those who want the scope [of] this crisis not to expand to all over the region, must put pressure on the Zionist regime to stop this aggression and organized killing,” al-Sudani said on Monday.
During his visit with Blinken a day prior, al-Sudani “made very clear” that he condemns attacks by Iranian-backed militias against U.S. troops stationed in Iraq, according to a press release from the U.S. Embassy in Georgia.
Since Hamas carried out its attacks against Israel on Oct. 7, there have been 47 attacks on American targets in the Middle East, including Syria and Iraq.
On Sunday, Blinken told reporters:
“I had a good, productive, candid meeting with Prime Minister al-Sudani.
“It was very important to send a very clear message to anyone who might seek to take advantage of the conflict in Gaza to threaten our personnel here or anywhere else in the region: don’t do it.”
Blinken sends message to Iran from Iraq : 'Don't do this' . pic.twitter.com/awskcu3pKe
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