Iraqi PM orders opening of Baghdad’s Green Zone

Prime Minister Abadi calls on security forces to remove walls that surround Baghdad’s Green Zone, calls on political parties to remove roadblocks

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi has ordered the opening of Baghdad’s Green Zone to the public.

The Green Zone has long been a high security area as it contains government and foreign embassy buildings.

According to a statement from Abadi’s office on Friday, Abadi had asked the security forces to make "the necessary arrangements to open the Green Zone to the citizens."

The heavily fortified Green Zone hosts many palaces of former leader Saddam Hussein which were later used as administrative headquarters for the US occupation forces after he was ousted in the 2003 war on Iraq.

Today, the area serves as a base for the central Iraqi government and access is only granted to those who possess special passes.

Prime Minister Abadi also ordered political parties and politicians to remove roadblocks around their offices, homes and homes of their relatives.

Although attacks in Baghdad have decreased since earlier this year, militant groups occasionally succeed in carrying out bombings in the Iraqi capital. To prevent such attacks, pro-government militiamen shut down a number of streets in the city, causing major traffic problems.

TRTWorld and agencies