Political| 05:31 – 05/05/2021
BAGHDAD – Mawazine News
The President of the Republic, Barham Salih, confirmed, on Wednesday, that Baghdad and Washington do not want a permanent American military presence in Iraq.
In his speech at the Beirut Institute summit, Saleh said, “Iraq and the United States do not want a permanent American military presence in Iraq.”
He added, “Iran is our neighbor and we want to integrate it into the regional framework, but we are also keen on our sovereignty. We do not want Iraq to turn into an arena of conflict.”
He continued, “We have the problem of Al-Hol camp, and everyone wants to throw their problems on us, and we have many foreign fighters, and Iraq cannot deal with this file,” stressing “the need for international cooperation for that.”
He pointed out that “the protest movement that swept Iraq in 2019 was a profound statement of an important goal, as Iraqi youth took to the streets demanding a homeland,” stressing that “getting out of the decades of conflict requires political will and a decision from the Iraqis themselves.” Ended 6/29 N