Biden condemns terrorist attack targeting Iraqi Prime Minister al-Kadhimi

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden on Sunday (local time) condemned the terrorist attack that targeted the residence of Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

“I strongly condemn the terrorist attack targeting the residence of Iraqi Prime Minister al-Kadhimi,” said Biden in a statement.
“I condemn in the strongest terms those using violence to undermine Iraq’s democratic process,” added the statement.

Earlier on Sunday, al-Kadhimi escaped unhurt an assassination attempt by a booby-trapped drone that landed on his residence. The assassination attempt came amid protests by followers of political parties rejecting last month’s election results.

President Biden said that he was relieved that al-Kadhimi was not injured and commended his leadership.

“He has shown in calling for calm, restraint, and dialogue to protect the institutions of the state and strengthen the democracy Iraqis so richly deserve,” read Biden’s statement.

The US President further reiterated US assistance to Iraq’s security forces to investigate and identify those responsible for the terror attack.

“I have instructed my national security team to offer all appropriate assistance to Iraq’s security forces as they investigate this attack and identify those responsible. The United States stands firmly with the government and people of Iraq as they strive to uphold Iraq’s sovereignty and independence,” the statement added. (ANI)