Friday, June 12, 2020 | 04:28 am
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Baghdad / .. The governments of Baghdad and Washington issued a joint statement on the occasion of the dialogue between the two sides, and “Eye of Iraq News” obtained a copy of it
The text of the statement …
Based on the 2008 Strategic Framework Agreement for the Relationship of Friendship and Cooperation concluded between the Republic of Iraq and the United States of America, strategic dialogue discussions were held through closed video meetings between the two parties represented by the Senior Undersecretary of the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Abdul Karim Hashem Mustafa on the Republic of Iraq, and the Under Secretary of State for Relations Mr. David Hill, on behalf of the Government of the United States of America. Discussions covered security, counter-terrorism, economics, energy, political issues and cultural relations.
The two countries reaffirmed their principles agreed upon in the Strategic Framework Agreement, in addition to the principles stated in the exchange of diplomatic notes, and the Republic of Iraq’s correspondence to the UN Security Council numbered (S / 2014/440) dated 25 June 2014, as well as other numbered (S / 2014/691) dated September 20, 2014, respectively. The United States of America reaffirmed its respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and relevant decisions of the Iraqi legislative and executive powers.
On economic and energy issues, the two countries have realized the enormous economic challenges facing Iraq in light of the two pandemic crises Covid-19, the decline in oil prices, and the need for Iraq to adopt fundamental economic reforms. The United States discussed providing Iraq with economic advisers to work directly with the government of Iraq, in order to help enhance the level of international support for the reform efforts of the Government of Iraq, including support provided by international financial institutions regarding serious plans to enact substantial economic reforms. The two governments discussed potential investment projects involving international American companies in the energy sector and other areas, provided that the working conditions are favorable.
Regarding political aspects, the United States of America has expressed its support for the Republic of Iraq, not only through close bilateral cooperation at the security and political levels, but also through its support for Iraq and its new government. The two countries reaffirmed their importance to assist Iraq in implementing its governmental and reform program in a manner that meets the aspirations of the Iraqi people, including continuing humanitarian efforts, restoring stability, rebuilding the country, and organizing free, fair and fair elections. The United States, in cooperation with its international partners, affirmed its continued support for the preparations made by Iraq for the elections, and efforts to support the rule of law, human rights, and the return of displaced persons and facilitate their integration, especially minorities in Iraqi society that have been subjected to genocide by ISIS.
With regard to the security partnership, the two countries acknowledged that, in light of the distinguished progress on eliminating the threat of ISIS, the United States of America will continue in the coming months to reduce the number of forces present in Iraq and dialogue with the Iraqi government on the status of the remaining forces and where the focus of the two countries is towards developing a normal security relationship Based on common interests. The United States of America has also confirmed that it does not seek to establish permanent bases or a permanent military presence in Iraq, as agreed previously in the 2008 Strategic Framework Agreement, which states that security cooperation is based on mutual agreements. The Government of Iraq is committed to protecting the military forces of the International Alliance, the Iraqi facilities that host them, in accordance with international law and relevant arrangements regarding the presence of those forces and in the form to be agreed upon between the two countries.
On the cultural level, the two governments discussed plans to return the important political archive to the Government of Iraq, and efforts to develop the capacities of Iraqi universities. The two parties also discussed plans to return artifacts and the Baath Party archive to Iraq.
The two parties reaffirmed their importance to the strategic relationship and their determination to take appropriate steps to enhance the interests of both countries and to achieve security, stability and prosperity in the region. The United States government welcomed the opportunity to reaffirm and strengthen its partnership with Iraq as the Iraqi Prime Minister begins to take over his government duties. Both governments look forward to in-depth discussions on the issues mentioned above at the meeting of the High Coordination Committee for Strategic Dialogue in Washington, DC, in July.