Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani says calls for disbanding Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) indicate a new plot aimed at bringing back insecurity to the Middle East.
The fact that a Western country’s president echoes calls by the Israeli regime and emphasizes the disbanding of the volunteer pro-government forces, commonly known by their Arabic name as Hashd al-Sha’abi, shows a new plot is being hatched to bring insecurity and terrorism back to the region, Shamkhani said in a meeting with the head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq and the first deputy speaker of the country’s parliament, Sheikh Humam Hamoudi, in Tehran on Monday.
He added that wisdom of the Iraqi officials, particularly the lawmakers, would thwart the enemies’ plots to undermine the country’s solidarity and national security, saying, “Certainly, such plots will be foiled.”
During a visit to Iraq on Saturday, French President Emmanuel Macron called for a “gradual demilitarization” and the “dismantlement” of the PMU fighters and all militias in Iraq. His call was widely received with outrage and anger by many in Iraq.
Ahmad al-Assadi, one of the PMU’s leaders, was quoted by AFP as saying that “any such discussion is rejected and we do not accept interference in Iraqi affairs.”