A tweet from Al-Kazemi about the strategic dialogue: The road will not be with weapons and adventures


2021.04.08 – 01:01

A tweet from Al-Kazemi about the strategic dialogue: The road will not be with weapons and adventures

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Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi confirmed, Thursday, that the results of the third round of the strategic dialogue are “a gateway to restore the normal situation in Iraq.”  

Al-Kazemi said in a tweet on his official account, followed by “People”, (April 8, 2021), that “the results of the third round of strategic dialogue are a gateway to restore the normal situation in Iraq, and what Iraq deserves, and it is an achievement that we congratulate our peace-loving people.”  

Al-Kazemi added, “Dialogue is the right way to solve crises. Our people deserve to live in peace, security and prosperity, not conflicts, wars, uncontrolled weapons and adventures.”  

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Iraqi Foreign Ministry: Baghdad and Washington have agreed that there will be no combat forces in the country

Political | 10:11 – 07/04/2021

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, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Al-Sahaf confirmed, on Wednesday, that Baghdad and Washington have agreed that there will be no combat forces in Iraq.

Al-Sahaf said in a statement that Mawazine News received a copy of, that “the strategic dialogue was held in light of security, health and economic challenges,” explaining that “the negotiations with America were held under the full auspices of Iraqi sovereignty.”

He added, “Baghdad and Washington affirmed the need to adhere to the Strategic Framework Agreement.”

He pointed out that “the presence of American forces after the dialogue has become limited to counseling and training,” noting that “foreign forces will be deployed outside Iraq within a specific timetable.”

He pointed out that “the remaining foreign forces will be located inside” pure “Iraqi bases. Ended 29 / A87

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In an unprecedented situation, Al-Kazemi explodes “anger” in the face of Iran

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2021-04-07 14:49

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Shafaq News / Two Iraqi officials said that the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, asked Iran’s leaders to rein in the Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, and sent a strongly-worded message to Tehran in which he indicated that he was ready to confront these armed factions.

Al-Kazemi’s positions came in conjunction with the third round of the strategic dialogue between Baghdad and Washington, which is supposed to address the US military presence in Iraq and the Iranian-backed factions operating outside the framework of state authority.

And Iraq had requested the holding of the new round of dialogue in response to the pressure of the Shiite political forces and the pro-Iranian militias demanding the departure of the US forces. Participating US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Assistant Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale.

Last week, armed men displayed their strength in a military convoy in central Baghdad, and threatened Al-Kazemi personally, condemning the continued US military presence.

In response to the show of strength by this militia, Al-Kazemi sent a strongly-worded message to Tehran and demanded that it use its influence to stop these armed groups, according to what two Iraqi officials confirmed to the American ” Associated Press ” and translated by Shafaq News.

The two officials explained that Al-Kazemi threatened to clearly announce who supports these groups, and expressed his readiness to confront them.

The US agency noted that it is not clear to whom the Iraqi message was specifically addressed. She added that the timing suggests that Al-Kazemi, who seemed unable to confront the militias, was looking to appease the Americans before the start of the strategic dialogue sessions on Wednesday.

According to the American agency, Al-Kazemi’s message led to the commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Brigadier General Ismail Qaani, a two-day visit to Baghdad, where he met government officials and leaders of Shiite factions, calling for calm, according to private sources for Shafaq News.

And Iraqi and American officials had previously announced that they supported scheduling the American withdrawal from Iraq, but questions remained about the timeframes and the size of the threat that ISIS still poses. A US official said last month that the United States intends to use the dialogue sessions with Iraq to make it clear that coalition forces are in the country at the invitation of the Iraqi government and only to train and advise Iraqi forces.

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Al-Kazemi directs the formation of a committee to hold technical talks with Washington to implement the outcomes of the strategic dialogue

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Shafaq News / The General Command of the Iraqi Armed Forces announced, on Wednesday, the formation of a technical committee to hold talks with Washington, to implement the outcomes of the Iraqi-American strategic dialogue, under the direction of the Commander in Chief, Mustafa Al-Kazemi.

In a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, the spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Major General Yahya Rasoul, stated that “in light of the outcomes of the third round of the strategic dialogue between the Republic of Iraq and the United States of America, Al-Kazemi directed the formation of a technical committee headed by the Chief of Staff of the Army.”

Major General Rasoul added that this committee would “hold technical talks with the American side for the purpose of approving mechanisms and timings related to implementing the outcomes of the strategic dialogue on the security and military sides.”

Earlier on Wednesday evening, the Iraqi and American foreign ministries issued their final statements of the third round of the Iraqi-American strategic dialogue, in which representatives of the Kurdistan Regional Government participated.

In its third round, the dialogue dealt with the files of politics, security, economy, energy, education, culture, environment, human rights, and heritage, and stressed the need to provide the necessary protection for the demonstrators.

This tour is the third of its kind between the two countries, as the first was held last June, while the second was held in August 2020.

The previous two rounds included taking steps on the path to reducing US forces, in light of continuous pressure from political parties that are categorically opposed to the foreign presence.

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Iraq and America agree to change the role of the international coalition and the absence of any foreign bases {expanded}

Time: 04/07/2021 20:03:34 Read: 2,301 times

{Umniah: Al Furat News} Iraq announced an agreement with the United States of America to change the nature of the international coalition’s role in the country from combatants to consultants.

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On Wednesday, the foreign ministers of Iraq and the United States opened a session of the “Iraqi-American Strategic Dialogue” in its third round through visual communication technology between the two sides.

“There has been an important change in changing the nature of the international coalition into a training advisory role, and this will enable the withdrawal of its forces from Iraq,” said Qasim Al-Araji, the National Security Adviser, in a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein after the dialogue session.

He added, “The Iraqi and American sides agreed that the progress achieved is an important matter, and from today the Iraqi security forces will assume the task of managing the fight against ISIS and make it exclusively in their hands, and that the mission of the international coalition will be in the field of training, logistical support and advice, and make this exclusively in the fight against terrorism.”

Al-Araji pointed out, “The agreement on a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign and American forces from Iraq,” revealing that

He stressed that “the third round of dialogue was successful,” noting that “Iraq affirmed its commitment to protecting the personnel and cadres of diplomatic missions.”

He continued, “The third round of the strategic dialogue was under the supervision of the prime minister.”

For his part, Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein said, “The Iraqi and American sides emphasized the importance of bilateral relations and their development, and in light of this agreement, dialogue rounds began and there are many memoranda of understanding.”

And that “the US Secretary of State {Tony Blinken} stressed during the dialogue round on the strategic relations with the Iraqi side, and we emphasized that as well and ways to develop them.”

He pointed out, “We assured the American side that it is the duty of the Iraqi government to protect diplomatic missions.”

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Al-Furat News publishes the text of the joint statement of the Iraqi-American dialogue

Time: 04/07/2021 20:53:23 Read: 2,145 times

{Politics: Al Furat News} Our agency publishes the joint statement of the Iraqi-American dialogue, and points to the agreement on the redeployment of foreign forces and not to establish military bases for them inside the country.

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In a joint statement by the United States and Iraq, the Euphrates News received a copy of it, “The two countries confirmed that the presence of American forces in Iraq came based on the Iraqi government’s call for the purpose of supporting the Iraqi security forces in their war against ISIS,” indicating that “in light of the development of the capabilities of the Iraqi security forces. The two parties concluded that the role of the US and coalition forces has now shifted to training and advisory missions in a manner that allows for the redeployment of the remainder of the combat forces outside Iraq, provided that the two parties agree on timelines in future technical talks.

He added, “This shift reflects the nature of the missions of the US forces and other international forces from combat operations to training, equipping, and support for the success of our strategic partnership and guarantees support for the continuous efforts of the Iraqi forces to ensure that ISIS will not threaten the stability of Iraq again.” The international coalition and the diplomatic missions of the state. ”

The two countries stressed that “the bases in which the members of the coalition are present are Iraqi bases and they are present there exclusively to support Iraq’s efforts in the war against ISIS, and the two countries intend to continue talks through a joint military committee to ensure that the operations of the international coalition are in line with the needs of the Iraqi security forces, including the Peshmerga forces.”

And he continued: In the field of higher education and scientific and cultural cooperation, the two governments discussed the US support for the efforts made by Iraq to promote higher education in cooperation with American universities through the Fulbright Program, the Higher Education Partnership Initiative of the US Embassy, and US support. The expanded Liberated Universities Initiative.

He stressed that “the two countries intend to identify additional ways to support Iraq’s plans to reform higher education and strengthen university partnerships between Iraq and the United States,” noting that the two delegations reviewed the progress made in their joint efforts to preserve Iraq’s rich cultural heritage and religious diversity. Iraqi cultural property that was illegally brought into the United States, to its rightful place in Iraq. ”

He pointed out that “an example of this is the Iraqi government’s restoration, last August, of an archive belonging to the banned Baath Party, which was temporarily preserved in the Hoover Institute), while the US State Department provided assistance in facilitating the procedures for the transfer of this archive, as the Ministry of Defense transferred The US has 6.5 million documents to Baghdad. ”

He stressed that “the two countries have condemned the criminal acts of the banned Baath Party against the Iraqi people, while the two countries discussed the progress made with regard to an American grant to the Smithsonian Institute) to continue and expand the Nimrud Rescue Project, in support of Iraq’s goals of preserving cultural heritage. The two delegations also discussed the use of virtual exhibitions to spread the cultural and historical achievements of the Iraqi people around the world.

 At the end of the statement, the two countries reiterated their “affirmation of the importance of the strategic relationship between them and their determination to continue to take appropriate steps to strengthen it in the interest of the two countries and achieve security, stability and prosperity in the region,” noting that “the United States welcomed the opportunity to reaffirm and strengthen its partnership with Iraq, and the two governments are looking forward to more.” Of the discussions on the aforementioned issues in the meeting of the High Coordination Committee for the Strategic Dialogue, which will be held at a later time. 

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In the joint strategic dialogue … America: Iraq has opened up to its Arab and international surroundings

2021/04/07

 

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Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Al-Sahaf announced, on Wednesday, the launch of the third round of the Iraqi-American strategic dialogue through video communication technology.

Al-Sahaf said, “Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein and his American counterpart Anthony Blinken open the Iraqi-American strategic dialogue session.”

For his part, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said, “Our meeting today is an affirmation of the partnership between Iraq and the United States, indicating that” the Iraqi government is going to establish the foundations of democracy.

He added, “The Iraqi government has devoted itself to the principles of the constitution through its government approach, stressing that” the relationship between the federal government and the region has witnessed a development towards solving the outstanding problems.

He stressed that “Iraq is witnessing an openness in its relations within its Arab environment, its Islamic neighborhood and at the international level,” noting that “His Holiness Pope Francis’s recent visit to Iraq confirms that Iraq today is a regional and international gateway to peace.”

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Washington reaffirms its respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq

2021/04/07

 

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The Iraqi and US governments agreed, on Wednesday, to shift the mission of the international coalition forces in Iraq to training and advising Iraqi forces, “in a manner that allows for the redeployment of the remainder” outside the country, while Washington reiterated its emphasis on “respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq.” The following is the text of the joint statement of the two countries’ foreign ministries, which they published after the end of the third round of the strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States, which took place today via video:

According to the 2008 Strategic Framework Agreement on the relationship of friendship and cooperation between the Republic of Iraq and the United States of America, the Iraqi Foreign Minister, Fuad Hussein, and the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, led the delegations of the Republic of Iraq and the United States of America at the meeting of the Higher Coordination Committee via video call on Wednesday 7 / 4/2021. The two sides reaffirmed the importance of the strong bilateral relations that are beneficial to the Iraqi and American people. Discussions covered issues of security and combating terrorism, the economy, energy and the environment, political issues, and cultural relations. Representatives of the Kurdistan Regional Government also participated in the dialogue.

The two countries reaffirmed the importance of the principles of the Strategic Framework Agreement, and the United States reaffirmed its respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq and the relevant decisions issued by the Iraqi legislative and executive authorities..

Iraq and the United States are aware of the difficulties caused by the Coronavirus and the global economic slowdown, and reaffirm their strong economic partnership. The United States also commended the recent steps taken by the Iraqi government to join the New York Arbitration Agreement and introduce a system of “granting visas upon arrival” in order to enhance international trade and foreign investment. Both countries intend to work closely with each other as Iraq commits to implementing reforms in order to diversify its economy, improve the business climate, and provide assistance to create a more vibrant private sector. The American delegation reiterated its assertion that American companies can provide assistance in diversifying the Iraqi economy by investing in projects that will create job opportunities, improve public services and help develop energy resources in the country. .

The two countries also discussed the importance of increasing cooperation between them to combat the Corona pandemic. Where the US government contributed by providing funds to renovate and equip Iraqi public health laboratories, and donated corona virus testing equipment and personal protective equipment, in addition to training Iraqi epidemiologists on ways to identify and respond to current and future outbreaks of the disease .

The United States also expressed its support for the efforts made by Iraq to reform the energy sector in order to provide cheap electrical energy with fewer interruptions for the citizens. The two countries affirmed their support for Iraq’s decision to diversify its energy sources by building and strengthening ties with neighboring countries such as Jordan and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and moving forward with electrical grid interconnection projects. Both Iraq and the United States indicated their common intention to address the climate emergency and work together to promote clean energy and combat climate change, including working with the private sector in the United States, through the implementation of projects that promote clean energy development and improve ways to generate electricity using solar energy. The development of energy production efficiency, and the treatment of gas associated with oil extraction. Such projects increase the contribution to the implementation of Iraq’s obligations towards the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and this is a positive development that the United States welcomes. The two countries discussed cooperation with US scientific bodies to help Iraq improve the management and protection of its environmental and natural resources, including water resources. The United States also welcomed the progress made in relations between the federal government in Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government, when they reached an agreement on budget, energy, and other strategic issues..

The United States reiterated its affirmation of respecting Iraq’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and freedom of expression guaranteed by the Iraqi constitution. The two delegations discussed ways in which the United States can support the Iraqi government in terms of providing protection for peaceful protesters and civil society activists, and achieving legal accountability. Iraq welcomed the United States’ support for the parliamentary elections through its funding of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq. The two countries jointly extended the maximum period of validity of entry visas for diplomats and government delegations to up to two years, thus reducing administrative postponements in both countries, and this will ensure greater ease of travel and direct communication between the two governments. The United States also renewed its continued determination to support Iraq in finding durable solutions with regard to the internally displaced, so that these solutions are voluntary, safe and dignified, in addition to providing assistance to groups that have been subjected to genocide by ISIS. The two countries also discussed working on achieving more progress in the areas of judicial cooperation, property restitution and the fight against corruption.

In discussions related to security and combating terrorism, the two sides reaffirmed their common desire to continue coordination and bilateral cooperation, and the two countries also emphasized that the presence of US forces in Iraq came at the invitation of the Iraqi government for the purpose of supporting the Iraqi security forces in their war against ISIS. In light of the development of the capabilities of the Iraqi security forces, the two parties concluded that the role of the US and coalition forces has now shifted to training and advisory missions in a manner that allows for the redeployment of the remainder of the combat forces outside Iraq, provided that the two parties agree on timelines in future technical talks. This shift in the nature of the missions of US and other international forces from combat operations to training, equipping, and support reflects the success of our strategic partnership and ensures support for the ongoing efforts of Iraqi forces to ensure that ISIS does not threaten Iraq’s stability again. The Iraqi government renewed its commitment to protect the personnel and convoys of the International Coalition and the diplomatic missions of its state. The two countries stressed that the bases in which the coalition personnel are present are Iraqi bases and they are present exclusively to support Iraq’s efforts in the war against ISIS. The two countries intend to continue the talks through a joint military committee to ensure that the operations of the international coalition are in line with the needs of the Iraqi security forces, including the Peshmerga forces..

In the field of higher education and scientific and cultural cooperation, discussed the governments of the United States ‘ support for the efforts of Iraq to promote higher education in cooperation with American universities through the Fulbright  (Fulbright – ) , and the initiative of Higher Education Partnership US Embassy  (Higher Education Partnership Initiative) , the US and support the expanded initiative Universities in liberated areas  (Liberated Universities Initiative). The two countries also intend to identify additional ways to support Iraq’s plans to reform higher education and strengthen university partnerships between Iraq and the United States. The two delegations reviewed the progress made in their joint efforts to preserve the rich cultural heritage of Iraq and the religious diversity, and affirmed their intention to cooperate to return Iraqi cultural property that was illegally introduced into the United States, to its rightful place in Iraq. An example of this is the Iraqi government’s restoration, last August, of an archive of the outlawed Baath Party, which was temporarily preserved in the  Hoover Institute. The US State Department provided assistance by facilitating the procedures for transferring this archive, as the US Department of Defense transferred 6.5 million documents to Baghdad. The two countries condemned the criminal acts of the outlawed Baath Party against the Iraqi people. The two countries discussed progress made with regard to a US grant to the  Smithsonian Institute  for the continuation and expansion of the  Nimrud Rescue Project , in support of Iraq’s goals of preserving cultural heritage. The two delegations discussed the use of virtual exhibitions to spread the cultural and historical achievements of the Iraqi people around the world .

In conclusion, the two countries reaffirmed the importance of the strategic relationship between them and their determination to continue taking appropriate steps to enhance it in the interest of both countries and achieve security, stability and prosperity in the region. The United States also welcomed the opportunity to reassert and strengthen its partnership with Iraq. The two governments are looking forward to further discussions on the aforementioned issues at the meeting of the High Coordination Committee for the Strategic Dialogue to be held at a later date .

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Talabani: Passing the general budget by agreement is a good experience to solve the outstanding problems between Erbil and Baghdad

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Public budget

Qubad Talabani

British Consulate

2021-04-07 14:15

Shafaq News / The Deputy Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government, Qubad Talabani, confirmed during his meeting with the British Consul General in Erbil, today, Wednesday, that passing the Iraqi General Budget Law, by agreement of all Iraqi parties, is a good experience in order to solve all outstanding problems between Erbil and Baghdad. 

According to a statement by the regional government presidency reported to Shafaq News, Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani discussed in a meeting with the British Consul General in Erbil, James Sorenton, relations between the region and Baghdad after the approval of the general Iraqi budget law for 2021.

He indicated that the British Consul praised the role of the Kurdistan Region and his negotiating delegation in their efforts to pass the Iraqi General Budget Law, hoping that relations between Erbil and Baghdad would witness better progress in the coming days.

The statement added that the vice president of the region, Qubad Talabani, confirmed that passing the budget law came with the efforts of all parties, and it was a good experience to solve all outstanding problems through dialogue and understanding.

The statement added that Talabani also mentioned that after approving the budget, the regional government is taking good steps to prepare a draft law for the region’s budget and thus be open to taking steps towards more treatments, implementing economic projects and diversifying sources of income.

He also indicated that the British Consul praised in another section of the meeting the role of Qubad Talabani in the services project and reducing red tape in government institutions, and in this regard Talabani announced that one of the government’s most important priorities is to reduce red tape and provide facilities to citizens in order to speed up the provision of services.

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US Secretary of State: The Iraqi government has devoted the principles of the constitution through its government approach

2021/04/07 18:21

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Baghdad / Obelisk: US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken explained, Wednesday, April 7, 2021, during the launch of the third round of the Iraqi-American strategic dialogue on the importance of partnership in the field of investment in various sectors and strengthening the presence of American investment companies with experience and efficiency, to ensure the smooth flow of their work in the promising Iraqi markets .

The following is the text of the speech of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken:

Honorable representatives of the American and Iraqi side … Peace be upon you …

At the outset of my speech, I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation for your response to the invitation to hold the third round of the strategic dialogue, and to convene the implementation of the supreme committee emanating from the strategic framework agreement for the relationship of friendship and cooperation between the Republic of Iraq and the United States of America.

Allow me to welcome the attendees of the committee representatives from the American and Iraqi sides, and I commend the sincere efforts made by the two sides to overcome the obstacles and make this round of dialogue a success. Ladies and gentlemen, when we talk about the depth of the relationship between the two friendly countries and the relationship of the strategic partnership, we can only recall the efforts of the United States of America and the support provided to Iraq, in a way that enhances security, stability and democracy in it, and an end to the era of the previous regime, which today marks the anniversary of the founding of its defunct party Where the Iraqi people chose to live in freedom and dignity and reject injustice.

Our meeting today comes as an affirmation of the partnership relationship between Iraq and the United States, and the serious efforts of the two governments to strengthen it and complete the joint efforts that were made in the previous two rounds of the strategic dialogue, as the first round was held virtually on June 11, 2020, while the second was held in Washington DC on the ninth The tenth of August 2020, and resulted in the signing of a number of memoranda of understanding and agreements on basic principles that covered many sectors such as (the oil and gas sector, electricity, the financial sector, the health, environmental, and cultural in addition to the security and military aspects).

In our meeting today, we look forward to completing the tangible progress achieved in the aforementioned aspects, and working to implement what the two sides agreed upon during this round of strategic dialogue.

Ladies and gentlemen, as you know, the Iraqi government has enshrined the principles of the constitution through its government approach, and has worked to consolidate human rights, values of citizenship and respect for religious, sectarian, ethnic and national diversity in Iraq, and it is going to lay the foundations of democracy.

 Among the priorities of the government is to hold early elections in response to popular demands and achieve political and economic reform. Therefore, the Iraqi parliament has enacted the new election law, and a date has been set for its conduct on the tenth of October of this year, and the Iraqi government is working to ensure the broad participation of all components of the Iraqi people With a commitment to strengthening monitoring and providing financial, logistical and security requirements, to achieve the highest standards of integrity and transparency, with international oversight in this electoral process, to ensure successful elections. In the context of the relationship between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, the relationship has witnessed a development towards solving the outstanding problems leading to the approval of the federal budget.

And in line with the government’s approach to adopting a policy of balance in its foreign relations and positive neutrality and distancing Iraq from being an arena for conflicts and moving away from the policy of axes, as Iraq is witnessing an openness in its relations within its Arab environment and its Islamic neighborhood and on the international level as well, which confirms that Iraq has restored its role as a meeting point for regional partnerships. And international to achieve mutual interests.

The recent visit of (His Holiness Pope Francis) to Iraq came to confirm that Iraq today is a regional and international gateway to spread peace and love between the peoples of the region and the world, as a country for peaceful coexistence between its components regardless of their ethnic, racial and religious affiliations, and it represents a beacon to spread love among the peoples of the region who seek Peace and freedom. Ladies and gentlemen, it is no secret that we faced together many security challenges during the last stage, and I would like to point out the Iraqi government’s praise for the efforts made by the United States government to rehabilitate and train the Iraqi security forces, equip them, and provide advice in the intelligence field up to the readiness required in relying on Its own capabilities in order to enhance the sovereignty and security of Iraq and preserve its gains by defeating the terrorist organization ISIS.

On this occasion, I highly value cooperation and joint coordination between Iraqi security forces of all kinds with the international coalition forces led by the United States of America, which participated and still are in defeating the “terrorist organization ISIS” to complete its final elimination, describing the terrorist organization as a threat not only to Iraq and Syria, Rather, the region as a whole and its reflection on international peace and security.

We affirm that our security forces still need the programs provided by the United States of America related to training, arming, equipping and developing expertise, and we seek to continue coordination and bilateral security cooperation.

We affirm the commitment of the Government of Iraq to protect the personnel of diplomatic missions, their headquarters and their facilities. Ladies and gentlemen, the Iraqi government has worked since the first day of assuming its duties to accomplish its economic reform program, and to achieve this, it launched its White Paper and sought to fundamentally change its economic policy, and its main goal was to diversify the resources of the Iraqi economy, which depends on oil exports.

This radical change has faced great challenges, foremost of which are the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic and the sharp decline in oil prices, early last year, which cast a shadow over the various sectors of the state, especially the health sector and its shortage of resources and equipment, the economy and money sector, which is A challenge added to, among other challenges.

In order to implement the Iraqi government’s economic reform program, this requires stimulation of international support and an enhancement of expertise in this regard.

In the field of energy, I would like to emphasize that the government of Iraq is determined to achieve its security in this sector and to totally depend on its resources, especially in the field of gas, to stop its waste and emissions harmful to the environment, and to rely on electric energy produced locally through its stations, and on clean and renewable energy sources, which is a new and promising step. In Iraq, and in this regard, we call on the United States to strengthen our partnership through memoranda and agreements signed between the two countries, and what will be agreed upon later, especially in the aspect of developing the oil and gas fields and the electricity sector, in order to achieve the desired goal and what we aspire to be self-sufficiency in the energy field.

We affirm the importance of partnership in the field of investment in various sectors, and enhance the presence of American investment companies with experience and competence to ensure the smooth flow of their work in the promising Iraqi markets, and we also call for strengthening partnership projects in various important and vital sectors.

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I confirm Iraq’s keenness to cooperate and strengthen partnership with the United States of America in all fields, especially security, as well as in the fields of energy, health, environment, economy, culture, and education, in a way that enhances the common interests between the two friendly countries, and we hope in our talks today to reach understandings and agreements It is shared by all sectors of cooperation, and we look forward to the continuation of the strategic dialogue between the two countries in subsequent rounds.

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