December 31, 2019 / 7:52 PM / 22 days ago

Iraqi president Salih condemns attempt to breach U.S. embassy

FILE PHOTO: Iraq's President Barham Salih delivers a televised speech to people in Baghdad, Iraq October 31, 2019. The Presidency of the Republic of Iraq Office/Handout via REUTERS

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi President Barham Salih rejected on Tuesday attempts to breach the United States embassy in Baghdad, saying they were a violation of binding international agreements to protect foreign missions that the Iraqi government is signatory to.

“The attempt to break the American embassy in Baghdad is a violation of international protocols and agreements binding to the Iraqi government,” he said in a statement.

“Peaceful protest is a right guaranteed and protected by the constitution but attacking foreign missions is against its interest and international reputation.”

Salih called on the Iraqi security forces to protect all foreign missions and on the protesters to leave the embassy perimeter.

Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Chris Reese

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