UAE’s president congratulates new prime minister of Iraq

President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed has congratulated Mohammed Shia Al Sudani on his election as Iraq’s prime minister. In a telephone call on Saturday, Sheikh Mohamed sent his congratulations and reaffirmed the UAE’s support for any peace and stability in Iraq and its people’s desires for economic and societal development.

In turn, the Iraqi prime minister wished him excellent health, success, and prosperity for the UAE. The investigators have recovered the majority of the $2.5 billion that was stolen. Mr Al Sudani’s government was sworn in on October 27th.

Iraq was on the brink of chaos as bitter political divisions delayed the formation of a new government. As a result of October’s national elections, Iraq’s longest political impasse since the US-led invasion in 2003 took place.

Iraq teetered on the brink of civil war in the aftermath of the elections, which dragged on for over a year. In early April, Shiite militias battled in Baghdad’s Green Zone, the centre of government that houses the parliament and foreign embassies. Hundreds were killed or wounded when armed militias clashed. Mr Al Sudani, a prominent Shiite politician and former minister, was elected as Iraq’s prime minister. 21 ministries were confirmed, with two open spots pending agreement on candidates with political antagonists.