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Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat – Yasin Majid, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s media adviser, has asserted that the reports issued by American institutions, whether it is the Central Intelligence Agency, “CIA”, or members of Congress, “are not in the interest of the political process in Iraq and merely reflect their viewpoints.”

Answering a question from Asharq Al-Awsat question about the Iraqi Government’s reaction to the recent US intelligence assessment of the situation in Iraq, Majid said: “The government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is pressing ahead with the political reform process regardless of the reports from American institutions. These are these quarters’ viewpoints and the reality says something else.”

Majid pointed out that the internal vision of the political, economic, and security reforms differs from the vision of those looking at there forms from outside and recalled that the intelligence assessment was contrary to the White House’s response as expressed by President George Bush when he said the decision to change Al-Maliki “is the Iraqi people’s decision because he knows it was the Iraqi people who chose this government.”

On his part, Dr. Basim Sharif, the Iraqi parliamentarian and prominent member of the Islamic Al-Fadilah Party, said the assessment was made to justify the American forces’ failures in Iraq “and this does not mean giving an image of Al-Maliki’s Government that is far from the reality. This government has been unable to put an end to this country’s problems.”

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