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Shafaq News / The US ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Tueller, confirmed on Monday that the continued missile strikes of the military and diplomatic presence in Baghdad will push Washington to review “many issues.”
Washington blames such attacks on Iran-backed militias. Tehran has not commented directly on the attacks, which have increased recently.
The American ambassador to Iraq said, in an interview with reporters in Baghdad and attended by the Shafaq News Agency correspondent via a telephone circuit, that the meeting of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi and US President Donald Trump shows the strength of the relationship between the two countries, while he expressed his hope that the visit will create momentum in the relationship between The two countries.
On Thursday, August 20, Al-Kazemi and an accompanying government delegation visited the United States and met with US President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Director General of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, and other officials.
He added, “Discussing economic issues played an important role in Al-Kazemi’s meetings in Washington,” adding, “We all understand the challenges that Iraq suffers due to Corona and the low oil prices, especially since it does not have a strong position to attract foreign investment.”
Tueller said, “Washington is supportive of any economic reform efforts by the Iraqi government,” noting that “there will be meetings in the field of investment for the purpose of supporting reform processes and investment issues.”
He added, “We hope that the Iraqi parliament will not reject the recent agreements between Iraq and America,” noting that “the Strategic Framework Agreement was ratified by Parliament in 2008, and anything we do within this framework is in force as a law, and that all that we have recently done is done.” With the strategic framework agreement within the common interest. ”
And the US ambassador to Iraq continued, “There is a lot of misunderstanding about the relationship of the international coalition and the Iraqi government,” stressing that “America does not want to maintain a permanent military presence in Iraq and that in the past five years we have achieved a lot of war with the Iraqis against ISIS.”
He added, “At the end of this war, there will be a discussion with the technical teams to determine the conditions in the final stage of fighting ISIS, as we always hear from many Iraqi partners that the partnership with America must continue.”
The US ambassador added, “There are extremist voices that reach the point of launching missiles to target the military presence and the diplomatic presence, and this does not represent the Iraqi people or the interest of Iraq,” warning that, “If this speech defeats the interest of Iraq, this prompts a review of many issues not between Iraq.” And America; rather, between Iraq and the international coalition in general. ”
In October 2008, the Iraqi and American governments reached a strategic security cooperation agreement stipulating that the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq would be completed by the end of 2011, and that a “limited” number of American soldiers would remain in “limited” military bases, for the purposes of training Iraqi forces and providing logistical support to them.
The terms of the agreement were implemented, and US forces formally withdrew from Iraq by the end of 2011.
After the emergence of the terrorist organization “ISIS” and its control over large cities and lands in Iraq, in June 2014, the Iraqi government requested the United States to help it stand in the face of the threats and dangers of ISIS, and the need to increase the size and type of US military support provided to Iraq, in implementation of the Strategic Security Cooperation Agreement.
In September 2014, the international coalition to fight “ISIS” was formed from 82 countries, led by the United States, and the conditions for the war against ISIS required an increase in the number of American forces in Iraq and an increase in their military bases. By the end of the war on “ISIS” in 2017, the number of American soldiers in Iraq reached more than 5,000, deployed in 9 military bases in central, western and northern Iraq.
However, the Iraqi parliament voted on a decision to remove these forces under pressure from Shiite factions, after Washington announced the assassination of the Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani, and the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Authority, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, in a US air strike near Baghdad airport, at dawn on January 3.