Published: 2021-11-07 13:14
Last Updated: 2022-01-16 12:51
His Majesty King Abdullah, in a phone call on Sunday with Iraq Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi, strongly condemned the assassination attempt on the prime minister, saying it aims to threaten the security and stability of Iraq.
King Abdullah reaffirmed that Jordan stands in full solidarity with Iraq and its people, in support of bolstering security and stability, and with the Iraqi government’s efforts to continue fighting terrorism.
His Majesty also lauded the deep-rooted ties between the two countries and peoples, expressing keenness to enhance cooperation across all fields.
Earlier Sunday, the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates strongly condemned the failed terrorist assassination attempt against the Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, Mustafa Al Kadhimi.
The Ministry affirmed the Kingdom's full support and solidarity with the Republic of Iraq and its people, and expressed its full support for its security and stability, and for the efforts of the Iraqi government in combating terrorism, strengthening the democratic process and preserving national achievements.
The Jordanian Foreign Ministry stressed the Kingdom's complete condemnation and denunciation of all terrorist practices and cowardly acts that threaten the security and stability of Iraq.
Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi said he was unhurt and appealed for "calm and restraint" after a drone attack on his residence early Sunday as political tensions mounted in the country.
The attack in Baghdad's Green Zone was the first to target the residence of Kadhimi, who has been in power since May 2020, and came as Iraq's political parties wrangle over who will run the next government.
"I'm doing fine, praise be to God, and I call for calm and restraint on the part of everyone for the good of Iraq," Kadhimi wrote on Twitter after what his office called a "failed assassination attempt."
The United States swiftly condemned the attack and said it was "relieved to learn the Prime Minister was unharmed."
"This apparent act of terrorism, which we strongly condemn, was directed at the heart of the Iraqi state," State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.
"We are in close touch with the Iraqi security forces charged with upholding Iraq's sovereignty and independence and have offered our assistance as they investigate this attack."
A large number of security forces were deployed in and around the heavily-guarded Green Zone, which also hosts the US embassy and is frequently targeted by rocket attacks.
On October 31, three rockets fell in Mansour, a neighbouring district, without causing any injuries.