‘We will withdraw military from Iraq if its govt asks for it’: Polish President

“Polish troops in Iraq will be withdrawn if the local government does not want our presence anymore and if our NATO allies agree,” said President Andrzej Duda. In a Sunday interview with Polish public TV broadcaster TVP the president also referred to the attack in which Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was killed.

“We are there for Iraq, to bring peace back in Iraq, to resolve the conflict which arose there. That is the goal of Polish soldiers’ presence there. They befriend the locals, serve them. If the Iraqi government doesn’t want our help anymore and such will be NATO's decision, we will of course withdraw our soldiers,” said Andrzej Duda.

“The Iraqi government has the right to make sovereign decisions,” he added.

Referring to the recent events in Iran and Iraq, the president emphasised that the situation in the Middle East is constantly monitored by Polish authorities.

“Poland did not participate in this event. Poland and Poles have a good relation with Iran. We did not take part in it in any way and there are no signals that there is any danger to Poles arising from this event,” said Andrzej Duda, adding that the attack in which Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was killed may provoke Iranian retaliation against the Americans.

According to the president, the “situation may escalate in many different directions, but Washington itself excludes the possibility that it will escalate into a war”.