G7 leaders welcome Iraq efforts to hold armed groups accountable for attacks on Coalition troops

G7 leaders pose for the family photo at the start of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, England, June 11, 2021. (EPA photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The G7 leaders welcomed Iraqi government’s efforts to hold armed groups accountable for attacks against U.S.-led Coalition forces stationed in the country.

The leaders of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan gathered for their annual meeting in Carbis Bay, Cornwell last week.

The leaders said in a 70-point statement released on June 13 that they “welcome the efforts of the Government of Iraq to hold illegal armed groups accountable for attacks against Iraqi citizens and Coalition personnel who are in Iraq at its invitation solely to train and advise Iraqi forces in their fight against ISIS.”

Armed groups intermittently carry out attacks using rockets and drones against the U.S. and Coalition troops stationed in Iraq.

The leaders also commended the Iraqi and Kurdish forces in their success against Islamic State (ISIS), affirming continuing support their efforts.

“We also affirm our support for Iraq’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity,” they added.

They also called on Iraqis to participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections, scheduled for October 10.

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