France has condemned the attempted assassination of Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who according to Iraq’s military escaped after an explosive-laden drone targeted his residence in Baghdad on Sunday morning.
This was contained in a statement by the foreign ministry on Sunday.
The statement said, “France condemns in the strongest terms the attempted assassination of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi at his home on Sunday morning.
“France fully supports the democratic process in Iraq, recently marked by the satisfactory organisation of legislative elections by the Iraqi government.”
France said it “rejects in this context any form of destabilisation of the country, violence and intimidation” adding that it “stands alongside the Iraqi authorities and people and calls for restraint.”
Kadhimi, after the drone attack said he was unhurt and called for calm and restraint.
The attack in Baghdad’s Green Zone was the first to target the home of Kadhimi, who has been in power since May 2020.
This attack comes as Iraq’s political parties wrangle over who will run the next government after elections last month.