Al-Kazemi from Washington: Cooperation between Iraq and US companies ‘will last for a long time’

2020.08.20 – 01:02

Baghdad – People  

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi confirmed that his government was in talks with international institutions specialized in tracking down the corrupt.  

In a speech he delivered to a group of heads of major companies after midnight on Wednesday, Baghdad time (August 20, 2020) followed by People, Al-Kazemi said, “His government is conducting several discussions with specialized international institutions to track down the corrupt in preparation for holding them responsible for all manipulation of state funds or money. Others inside Iraq. ”  


He added, “We face a real challenge with the spread of the Corona virus in the country, but we are determined to meet the challenges, advance economic reality and fight corruption, as well as meet the challenge of burning Iraqi gas.”  


Al-Kazemi expressed his appreciation for the “long-lasting and long-lasting cooperation with American companies.”  


A source in the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers revealed some of the memoranda of understanding signed by Iraq with the United States during the visit of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi and the government delegation to the American capital, Washington, which has continued since dawn today, Baghdad time.   


The source said in an interview with “People” (August 19, 2020) that “the signatures began with Minister of Finance Ali Allawi, who signed a memorandum of understanding with the American Finance and Development Corporation.”   


He added that “the oil minister signed 3 notes with each of: Chevron Corporation, Honeywell Company, and Baker Hughes Company.”   


“The Minister of Electricity also signed two memoranda of understanding with GE and Stellar,” he added.   


He concluded, “The previous memoranda were signed on the sidelines of a meeting between the Iraqi delegation and major companies, but they are part of what will be signed during the visit. It is likely that Iraq will conclude more understandings during the ongoing visit.”    


Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein announced the start of the second round of the strategic dialogue between the two countries.    


Hussein said, during a joint press conference with his American counterpart, that “a second round of strategic dialogue between the Iraqi delegation and the United States delegation began today.”     


He added, “The meeting was good and important with the Secretary of State of the United States of America, as a group of issues related to the Iraqi situation in general and other issues related to economic relations and how to combat Corona were addressed.”     


In turn, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said that armed groups still cause many problems in Iraq, expressing his hope that “Iraq will be free of corruption.”   


Pompeo added, “We are committed to helping Iraq prevent foreign interference and improve relations with neighbors, and this is what the Iraqi people want – a prosperous country.”     


He continued, “There are private investments in Iraq .. We wish an Iraq free of corruption,” noting that “the energy file was discussed with the Iraqi delegation.”     


Pompeo affirmed, “Washington’s support for the upcoming elections in Iraq,” noting that “Iraq and its country share goals, sacrifices, a vision and hope for the future. These principles lead to a stable and fruitful partnership.”


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