Former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Saleh Al-Mutlaq said in an October 2, 2020 interview on Al-Iraqiya TV (Iraq) that all Iraqi politicians who have come from abroad are collaborators, who are helping foreign intelligence agencies occupy Iraq. He emphasized that they are unqualified to govern Iraq.
Interviewer: "You said a while ago that all the politicians who had come from abroad were not qualified to run the country."
Saleh Al-Mutlaq: "True. There is not [just] one collaborator."
Interviewer: "Do you call all those who came from abroad 'collaborators?'"
Interviewer: "All of them?"
Al-Mutlaq: "Yes, all of them. They were tied to another country..."
Interviewer: "Not necessarily. Perhaps the circumstances and the persecution by the security forces caused them to travel abroad."
Al-Mutlaq: "I am not against people traveling abroad – I am against them tying themselves to a foreign country."
Interviewer: "They traveled abroad and were active in the opposition."
Al-Mutlaq: "I do not have a problem with that either, but when someone coordinates with the intelligence agency of a foreign country, in order to help it occupy his own country, it constitutes collaboration."
Interviewer: "And all those who were abroad worked with foreign intelligence agencies?"
Al-Mutlaq: "All of them."
Al-Mutlaq: "Well, the outcome is..."
Interviewer: "This means that the entire political class consists of collaborators."
Al-Mutlaq: "Let me say it again. Anyone who came from abroad and agreed to help one of these countries in their occupation of Iraq is not worthy of running this country."