French and Americans Call For Change In Iraqi Leadership – Prime Minister Maliki Fires Back At Hillary Clinton Carl Levin

French and Americans Call For Change In Iraqi Leadership – Prime Minister Maliki Fires Back At Hillary Clinton Carl Levin and Kouchner

Kouchner and Maliki

(Best Syndication) The rhetoric is heating up between US politicians and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. Many in Congress have questioned the intentions of the Iraqi government saying that political reconciliation has stalled. But now two US Senators in particular have become a little more personal with the Iraqi Prime Minister.

Senators Hillary Clinton and Carl Levin are urging the Iraqi ministers to choose someone else to be Prime Minister. Maliki fired back immediately. “Leaders like Hillary Clinton and Carl Levin have not experienced in their political lives the kind of differences we have in Iraq. When they give their judgment they have no knowledge of what reconciliation means,” he said.

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Maliki went on to talk about democracy in general. “Hillary Clinton and Carl Levin are democratic people and should respect democracy. They talk about Iraq as if Iraq is their property,” Maliki retorted at a news conference in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone.

The relations between Iraq and France became strained after the French minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Bernard Kouchner, made a less than diplomatic comment calling the Maliki government “not functioning”.

Maliki thought the visit by Kouchner was a success until he read an interview with the minister in Newsweek. “Recently we received the French minister. We were happy with him. We were optimistic that his visit would start a new relationship,” Maliki said.

Maliki accused France of siding with supporters of the former Iraqi government. “In the past you backed the former regime. Today we were happy with you and then you decided to support the former regime's loyalists. We demand an apology from the French government,” he said.

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By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication News Writer

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