Iraq Welcomes Trump, But Deeply Regrets Immigration Executive Order

Iraq Welcomes Trump, But Deeply Regrets Immigration Executive Order

 Iraq's Ambassador to the United Nations urged the "U.S. government to review its position" on the temporary ban of people from seven predominantly Muslim countries, including Iraq.

Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said his nation welcomes the election of Mr. Trump, but "deeply regret however the decree of the 27 of January."

"This executive order is not aligned with our strategic partnership and it comes at a time when our brave fighters have achieved major progress in combating ISIL [Islamic State] in Mosul," he continued. "We therefore call upon the U.S. government to review its position."

The United States provides critical air and ground support to Iraqi troops fighting the militants who overran a third of Iraq in 2014. More than 5,000 U.S. troops are deployed in Iraq.

Jan Kubis, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq, urged continued support for Iraq. "Any abrupt scaling down of engagement or support would mean repeating mistakes of the past. Mistakes that have had grave consequences for stability and security well beyond the borders of Iraq."

Kubis also said with the help of the international community, the Islamic State's control in Iraq is coming to an end.