19-04-2018 05:36 PM
BAGHDAD – The United States Embassy in Baghdad issued a special statement Thursday on the United States’ position on the political situation in Iraq, as well as a summary of the visit of special presidential envoy Brett McGurk and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Beck to their meeting with political, security and religious figures in the period between 16 and 18 April.
McGowork and Beck, accompanied by US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman, met in Baghdad with Prime Minister Haider Abadi and other political, religious and security figures.
The delegation also met in Erbil with Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, Nechirvan Barzani and Deputy Prime Minister of the province, Qubad Talabani.
The meetings focused on ensuring the permanent defeat of Da’ash by strengthening security measures on Iraq’s border with Syria and plans to destroy the remaining sanctuaries on the Syrian side.
During his visit, the delegation had the opportunity to learn firsthand about the progress achieved in achieving stability in Mosul and the extent of the remaining challenges to restore normalcy to Iraq’s second largest city.
MacGorek and Peck visited a reopened market in eastern Mosul and toured areas devastated by an al-Qa’ida organization in western Mosul and visiting Mosul University where US-funded work to remove the threat of explosives continues.
The United States and 25 other donor nations of the International Alliance have committed more than $ 834 million to the UNDP Stabilization Fund to support vital stabilization activities in areas free of de facto control.
MacGorek stressed the importance for partners to implement their pledges to ensure full funding for UNDP’s stabilization projects this year.
MacGorek and Peck welcomed the pledge made by 24 partners last month in Kuwait under the auspices of the European Union and the World Bank to provide nearly $ 30 billion for the long-term reconstruction of Iraq.
“The United States is committed to continuing security, political and economic cooperation with Iraq within the framework of the Strategic Framework Agreement between the United States and Iraq,” the statement concluded.
The statement also concludes that the United States’ support a unified Iraq, democratic, federal and prosperous, including a stable and effective Iraqi Kurdistan region.