France’s Macron calls on Iraq to dismantle all militias

France’s Macron calls on Iraq to dismantle all militias
France's President Emmanuel Macron, right, welcomes Prime Minister of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region Nechirvan Barzani, prior to a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Saturday, December 2. (Reuters)
Updated 02 December 2017

France’s Macron calls on Iraq to dismantle all militias

France’s Macron calls on Iraq to dismantle all militias

PARIS/BAGHDAD: French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday called on Iraq to dismantle all militias, including the government sanctioned Iran-backed Popular Mobilisation Forces.
“It is essential that there is a gradual demilitarization, in particular of the Popular Mobilisation that established itself in the last few years in Iraq, and that all militias be gradually dismantled,” he told a joint news conference held with the prime minister of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government.
Macron called for dialogue in Iraq between the central government in Baghdad and the semi-autonomous KRG within the framework of the Iraqi constitution.
After a meeting with KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani in Paris, Macron told the news conference he was convinced a “constructive dialogue” could lead to lifting Baghdad’s restrictions on the Kurdish region.