From last Friday's sermon by Hakim ally, Shaykh Jalal-al-Din al-Saghir:

"Frankly speaking, we found out that most of what the Americans presented conflicts with the principles on which we wanted the agreement to be based on. We said that the first principle is Iraq's sovereignty. We will not accept anything that might undermine Iraq's sovereignty. You have heard this from us before and we will reiterate it and will continue to be committed to it. This is because Iraq's sovereignty is the main principle here."

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