Politics 01/23/23 18:14 233 Editor: gf
Baghdad today – Baghdad
US President’s Special Envoy, Donald Trump, for Syria and the International Alliance, James Jeffrey, Thursday (January 23, 2020) expressed his country’s readiness to meet the Iraqi government and agree on the status of American forces .
Jeffrey said in a press conference, “The operations of the international coalition in Iraq are currently suspended,” noting that “the international coalition is exchanging information with the Iraqis regarding the confrontation of ISIS .”
He added, “The agreement of the international coalition with the Iraqi authorities is to stay until the elimination of ISIS,” stressing that “our efforts in the war against ISIS must continue and we will not relent in their war .”
And on the status of US forces in Iraq, he said: “We are ready to discuss with the Iraqi government and agree on the status of American forces,” noting that “our mission in Iraq came in accordance with an agreement concluded in 2014 and its goal is to eliminate the threat of ISIS .”
The US President’s envoy added: “We have suffered 11 attacks in Iraq since storming the vicinity of the American embassy .”
He went on to say: “What is important for us is that a new Iraqi government that is subject to Iran does not come and the issue is purely an Iraqi affair,” noting that “there are movements on the street and the Iraqis must decide who they choose as prime minister and do not enter the United States in Iraqi affairs .”
He explained, “Addressing the issue of candidates for prime minister in Iraq is a matter for Iraqis alone .”
On Sunday (January 05, 2020), the House of Representatives voted in an extraordinary session on the departure of all foreign and American forces from Iraq, the abolition of the role of the international coalition in Iraq, as well as the abolition of the security agreement with the United States of America, by the Iraqi government.