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Iraq: Withdrawal

Volume 686: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assessment they have made of the campaign among leading Iraqi political and religious groups to persuade United States and United Kingdom military forces to leave the country soon.[HL7825]

We are aware that some Iraqi political groups have called for foreign forces to leave Iraq, but there is broad agreement among the leaders of Iraq's main political parties on the continued need for support from the multi-national force (MNF) while Iraq builds up its own security forces to cope with the challenges it faces.

The MNF’s presence in Iraq is mandated by United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1637 and is at the request of the Government of Iraq. Under the terms of the UNSCR, the Government of Iraq have the right to request the withdrawal of the MNF troops at any time.