Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari plans to meet the U.S. ambassador on Monday or Tuesday to express dismay at President Donald Trump’s decision to bar Iraqis from entering the United States, a government official said.
Trump’s order has stirred angry reactions in Iraq, where more than 5,000 U.S. troops are deployed to help Iraqi and regional Peshmerga forces in the war against Daesh. Iraq has said it will lobby against the restrictions, arguing the two countries need to preserve their alliance against Daesh.
Some members of parliament said Iraq should retaliate with similar measures against the United States.
Trump’s order suspends travel to the United States from Iraq and six other Muslim-majority countries for 90 days. It also puts a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the country, and imposes an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria.