The Accord Front expressed support for a security agreement with the UK to help build the Iraqi Navy. Meanwhile Salih Mutlaq, chief of the Dialogue Front emphasized the need to protect Iraq’s territorial waters.
Accord Front spokesman Saleem Jubouri pointed out that “the lack of Iraqi forces capable of protecting national waters from external aggression means there must be an agreement [with the UK] until Iraqi forces can fill the security vacuum”.
The proposed deal between Iraq and the UK would allow 100 British military personnel to stay in Iraq to train and instruct the infant Iraqi naval force. A vote on the agreement was obstructed earlier this week when Sadrist MPs walked out of a parliament session, disrupting quorum requirements for a vote.