BAGHDAD (NINA) - US President Donald Trump's intervention in Venezuelan affairs is aimed at creating chaos, President of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council
Hammam Hamoudi said.
Abdul Mahdi, a former member of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council
, was appointed Prime Minister by Iraq's new President Barham Salih on Tuesday.
"The Americans have set up bases in the Eastern parts of the Euphrates and want to pave the ground for the separation of Syria's Kurdish areas from the country but it is a wish that will not come true," Velayati said in a joint press conference with Leader of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council
Humam Hamoudi in Tehran.
Meanwhile, Ammar al-Hakim, one of Iraq's leading politicians and the scion of one of the country's most prominent Shiite families, announced in late July that he would leave the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council
, a political party that his family founded in Tehran with Iranian assistance in the 1980s.
Hakim leads the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council
(SIIC), one of the largest Shi'ite political parties in the country.
Al-Maliki chairs the Islamic Dawa Party - the main partner with the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council
in the Shiite United Iraqi Alliance which came to power after the legislative elections of 2010, while Al-Mutlaq is a leading member of the Iraqiya List, an umbrella of secular parties led by former prime minister Ayad Allawi.
No formal reason was given why Shiite Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi, a member of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council
, resigned after four years in office.
Maleki's SoL is negotiating an alliance with Hakim's Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council
(SIIC), a Shi'ite party with a smaller bloc of seatsin the 325-member Council of Representatives (parliament) than that of the Sadrists; the Kurdistan Alliance (KA), which is closer to the SIIC than the Sadrists; a Sunni Arab faction breaking away from al-Iraqiya of Allawi; and a few independents.
The new vice-presidents include former vice-president Tareq al-Hashemi who is a member of the Iyad Allawi led secular Iraqiya bloc, Adel Abdul-Mahdi who is part of the Shiite Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council
, and Khudayr al-Khuzaie who is part of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Shiite Dawa Party and State of Law Coalition.
Iraqiya, led by former PM Iyad Allawi, is vying to form its own governing coalition in talks with the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council
(ISCI), a main faction in the INA, which opposed backing Maliki for a second term.
The visit coincides with visits by Vice President Adel Abdulmahdi, a leading member of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council
(SIIC), and al-Iraqiya bloc leader Iyad Allawi, a former prime minister of Iraq, on the war-torn country's political crisis.
Biden later met with Maleki; Allawi; President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd of the KA; VPs Tareq al-Hashemi, a Sunni Arab; and Adel Abdul-Mahdi, a Shi'ite Arab; and Ammar al-Hakim, the chairman of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council
(SIIC), the second largest Shi'ite Islamist party in Iraq next to that of Sadr.