October – 2017-22
Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi received in his office Monday US Secretary of State Rex Tilerson and his accompanying delegation.
During the meeting, they discussed enhancing bilateral cooperation in various fields, the war against terrorism and the measures of the Iraqi government to impose the federal authority in the province of Kirkuk, in addition to the political and security situation.
Dr. Haider al-Abadi stressed that the fight against terrorism is still a priority for us and we will continue to liberate the rest of the areas and secure the borders.
He pointed out that what we have done in Kirkuk was the redeployment and imposition of state authority, which is legal and constitutional procedures. We do not want to fight with any component, all of them our sons, and we sent this message to Kirkuk that the Kurdish citizens are dear Iraqis and we deal with them like the rest of the country.
He explained the Iraqi initiative and vision of the five-point region, which is based on development, security, rather than differences and wars, and giving hope to young people.
On the popular crowd, Dr. Haider al-Abbadi said that the Popular Popular fighters are Iraqi fighters who fought terrorism and defended their country and made sacrifices that contributed to victory over the da’eef. He pointed out that the popular crowd is an official institution within the state institutions, and that the Iraqi constitution does not allow the existence of armed groups outside the state, Stressing that we should encourage the fighters of the crowd because they will be the hope of the country and the region.
Mr. Tillerson, for his part, blessed the victories achieved by the preacher, describing what the Iraqi forces had done as a great work.
Tillerson said that Washington with the unity of Iraq and the importance of adherence to the Constitution, stressing his country’s keenness to dialogue according to the Constitution and stay away from any Saddam.
Tillerson said strengthening security and stability was crucial in Iraq and hoped for more cooperation in all fields, including economic activities.
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