The commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, revealed the government’s study to reduce the size of the army and the popular mobilization after the liberation phase and the elimination of terrorist gangs.
“The popular fighters have fought themselves and their efforts to defend the homeland and we have to honor them and they are precious to the homeland and should not be abandoned,” Abbadi said at the weekly press conference today. “They are a great wealth for the country and we must think about something after eliminating the oppressor,” he said. “We are working on the use of the Iraqi army in the campaigns of building and reconstruction of strategic bridges and basic services and this is applicable in most countries, and we consider the transformation of the crowd to the jihad of construction and reconstruction services, we do not want to militarize Iraqi society.
He explained that “our Iraqi army between 290 to 300 thousand people and the interior of this number, in addition to the popular mobilization and we want to reduce the security forces to preserve the security of the country and prevent the militarization of the community, the increase in them will lead to increased spending and weak security and this is our general trend, but now we are at war with After that, everyone does not want to go too far. ”
“There are signs of the collapse of the enemy in Tal Afar,” he said. “The liberation process involves the army, the federal police, the counterterrorism and popular mobilization, all working together in some axes, and their goal is the security of civilians and infrastructure.
“We have a lot of international debt on Iraq from the former regime and the internal one to borrow the government to fill the financial deficit,” the prime minister said, adding that “these debts are in a safe place, but we do not want to expand them, and those who want to increase the salaries of senior officials will be forced to religion.”
“The Cabinet presented the draft social insurance law, which is a retirement pension for private sector employees. It also includes the rights of the families of martyrs fighting against Da’ash, and unfortunately some oppose it for strange reasons,” he said.
He added that “this law provides private sector workers with retirement rights and can give freedom to transfer retirement between the government and private sector and vice versa, which is part of the reform of work in Iraq.
He pointed out that “we do not want to be large class differences in Iraqi society and we are surprised that there are those who receive more than a salary and large amounts as deputy and officials and others in return refuses to grant salaries to the lower classes.”
On the border crossings between Abadi, “We have two border crossings with Saudi Arabia, Arar and Jnina, and Arar has been opened continuously, not only for pilgrims, and today we have an experimental exercise at the opening of the Trebil crossing from Baghdad to Jordan to Jordan and return to Baghdad to test the road and protect Iraqi. Soon open the road continuously for the benefit of both countries. ”
In the framework of administrative reform, the prime minister said, “We opened the nomination to the independent bodies and four years ago this was impossible because of the quota.” He pointed out that “this measure is not against the parties but we do not want it to be the monopoly of one party, ”
He called on tribal leaders to” remove all those who try to threaten the security of citizens, especially the medical staff and teachers because it is a basis for building the state and the Council of Ministers formed a committee to proceed with legislation to protect the educational cadres, in addition to cooperation with civilians and stop the phenomenon of attacks and tribal conflicts.
” Financial stifling Will pass for years to come in Iraq, and Iraq increased the output of electricity and the ongoing investment project to rationalize consumption, “adding that” there is a halt to many projects in the provinces spent billions and investigate the causes of corruption or mismanagement. ”
Abadi said that “the province of Basra spent more than any provinces for petrodollar allocations; but those who visit do not see a difference from the rest of the provinces and we are interested in the reality of the importance of Iraq economically.”
“The officials of the countries visiting Iraq praise the performance of Iraqi forces in the field of human rights and they know the existence of abuses, but individual and not systematic, and Iraq today began to take its position in the region and became a source of stability for the first time fighting with its own forces,” noting that ” “No one imagined during this short period the liberation of Nineveh.”
He added that “all visits to Iraq from abroad; to build relations and support for Iraq and the building of common interests,” noting that “we will not allow the use of Iraq against any neighboring country, and we do not want any conflict in the region.
“We met with the Council of Babylon about the reasons for preventing the return of the people of the cliff of victory, and we are surprised by this decision and do not know the background, and provincial councils duty to keep the people of the province and not discriminate between them and from Ajram and Khalaf takes the penalty in the judiciary, “I reject these decisions and the displaced people must be brought back to their homes in the cliff of victory.”
“The Kurdish delegation that visited Baghdad was very frank with them and I told them that we will only understand one Iraq, and this framework is subject to discussion of the problems and outstanding issues, some of which are attributed to the former regime that committed crimes that affected all Components of the Iraqi people, “noting that” the Kurds in Iraq achieved more than others in the countries of the region. ”
“We hope that the Kurdish leadership and our Kurdish people will be in one unified Iraq. It is a key issue for the stability of the region and the security of the country. I called upon the Kurds to have a frank discussion before the citizens and to understand the aspiration of the Kurdish people for independence,” he said. With the Kurdish delegation is positive, and we hope to be a good reflection either waiver will be for the people, and the Iraqi government is open and ready to discuss all files with the Kurds within the framework of one unified Iraq. ”