Faiq Zidan, Iraq’s top judge who has called for the arrest of former President Donald Trump, has confirmed that he received an invitation to visit Washington, D.C. This development comes after confusion surrounding Zidan’s planned trip to meet with officials at the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Initially, it was unclear whether Zidan would indeed meet with DOJ officials, as there were conflicting statements from different sources. While the State Department mentioned that Zidan would be hosted by the DOJ, another source claimed that he would not meet with any DOJ officials.
However, Zidan’s spokesperson later clarified the situation, stating that the judge’s visit to Washington had been postponed due to ongoing war conditions. She expressed Zidan’s intention to hold a meeting in the future to address various matters and provide clarity to the American public.
Zidan’s previous call for Trump’s arrest is related to the U.S. targeted killing of Iranian Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force. Zidan accused Trump in January of being responsible for this action, which resulted in significant tensions between the U.S. and Iran.
Critics have raised concerns about Zidan’s close ties to Iran and his role in advancing Iranian interests within Iraq’s judiciary. They argue that the Justice Department should prioritize protecting Americans rather than engaging with an individual who seeks to prosecute Americans for actions against terrorists.
As this situation unfolds, it underscores the complex diplomatic challenges and controversies surrounding international relations in the Middle East and the role of influential figures like Faiq Zidan.