According to media sources, a top Iraqi official has rejected Saudi foreign minister’s call for dissolution of pro-government volunteer forces, saying Riyadh is not in a position to make comments about the issue.
“Adel Al-Jubeir’s remarks in which he called for the dismantling of the Popular Mobilization Units reflect the scope of his narrow-mindedness,” Iraqi National Security Advisor Faleh al-Fayyad said on Thursday.
“Such comments are not beneficial to bilateral relations between Baghdad and Riyadh. It is outside the purview of Jubeir or anyone else to debate the issue,” he said in a press media.
His remarks came only hours after the top Saudi diplomat accused the Popular Mobilization Units of fueling sectarian tensions in Iraq, calling for their dissolution.
Earlier, Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmad Jamal strongly condemned Jubeir’s comments as “meddlesome.”
Jamal, in a statement released on Wednesday, expressed Baghdad’s distraught over Saudi Arabia’s repeated intervention in Iraq’s domestic affairs, calling on Riyadh to stop Saudi nationals from joining ISIL insurgents.