Stoltenberg tweets alliance will be “stepping up support” in Iraq
Jul 1, 2021
Nato’s Secretary General has indicated that the alliance will expand its presence in Iraq to counter security threats following a meeting with the country’s prime minister.
Jens Stoltenberg held a lengthy meeting with Mustafa Al Kadhimi at the Brussels headquarters in which he reassured the Iraq leader that he could rely on the alliance later tweeting it would be “stepping up our support”.
Nato has already committed to an eightfold increase in its troop numbers to total 4,000 and it is understood that this could be expanded to counter the ISIS threat.
With upcoming elections, continuing concerns over Iran-backed militia and potentially resurgent terrorists, Mr Al Kadhimi asked for reassurances of Nato
“Iraq can count on the support of Nato and its countries for your government and the approach it is working on,” Mr Stoltenberg is reported to have said.null
Nato would also be ready to “expand co-operation between Iraq and the alliance,” but that the role for the foreign troops would be a “non-combat mission of a purely training and advisory nature”. Iraqi forces would still be required to provide security and take the fight to ISIS and Iran-backed militias.
Mr Stoltenberg added that any expansion of Nato’s framework in Iraq would also be done at the “request, approval and priorities of the Iraqi government”.
The Nato leader, who also praised Iraq’s efforts to ensure that ISIS did not return, later reaffirmed a potential expansion tweeting that the alliance would be “stepping up our support to #Iraq in their fight against terrorism”.null
Mr Al Kadhimi stressed the importance of developing relations with Nato to stabilise the region and make it secure for his people.
“The necessity of co-operation with Nato is in supporting the capabilities of Iraqi forces and security institutions, especially in the context of preparing to secure the upcoming elections,” he said.
The Nato troops would also reinforce Iraqi capabilities “to protect against terrorist and criminal attacks against citizens and infrastructure”, he said.
The prime minster, accompanied by both his foreign and defence ministers, added that the country should not become an arena for settling conflicts, or a springboard for aggression against any of its neighbours.
There are currently no plans for the total withdrawal of the 2,500 US troops from Iraq with the military chiefs insisting that the threat from ISIS and Iran meant they would stay in place.
Earlier this year the US commander General Frank McKenzie stated that the Nato increase would not lead to an American decrease. “We’re going to stay in Iraq” to “finish the ISIS fight,” he said.
Updated: July 1st 2021, 8:12 AM
political| 05:41 – 15/07/2021
Baghdad – Mawazine News
, Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi received, on Thursday, White House Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Brett McGurk and his accompanying delegation.
In a statement received by Mawazine News, the media office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives said, “The meeting discussed the next round of strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States of America, to expand the horizons of cooperation in the economic, cultural, commercial and educational fields, and the continuation of cooperation and coordination in the field of security and combating terrorism, from By providing technical and logistical support and advice to the Iraqi forces and increasing their capabilities.
He added that during the meeting, regional developments and a number of issues of common interest were discussed. Ended 29/R77
Baghdad / Al-Mawrid News
Today, Thursday, the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers announced the suspension of official working hours in government departments for a week on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.
A statement by the General Secretariat of the Council stated, “The Eid al-Adha holiday begins on Sunday, corresponding to 7/18/2021 and ends on Saturday, corresponding to 7/24/2021, provided that official working hours will resume in all state departments, on Sunday corresponding to 7/2021. /25.
Shafaq News/ The Prime Minister’s Advisor for Elections Affairs, Hussain Al-Hindawi, affirmed on Thursday that boycotting the elections or withdrawing candidates will not change the scheduled date for holding them.
Al-Hindawi told Shafak News Agency, “The High Elections Commission confirmed that the upcoming parliament elections will take place on the scheduled date, which is October 10.”
He added that “the boycott and withdrawal from the electoral process will not affect the date of its holding.”
Earlier today, the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, announced his withdrawal from the legislative elections scheduled for next October in Iraq, and at the same time decided to withdraw his hand from the current federal government headed by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, and the subsequent one as well.
Following al-Sadr’s statement, the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hassan al-Kaabi, and the Sadrist bloc’s candidates announced their withdrawal from the upcoming elections.
political| 04:58 – 15/07/2021
Baghdad – Mawazine News
, National Security Adviser, Qassem Al-Araji, received, on Thursday, the White House coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, Brett McGurk, and his accompanying delegation, in the presence of the US ambassador in Baghdad, Matthew Tueller.
The statement of the media office of the National Security Adviser, a copy of which was received by Mawazine News, stated that during the meeting, they discussed the security and regional situations, and ways to work to calm the situation in the region, in order to create a more stable atmosphere.
He added that the two sides discussed the upcoming visit of the Iraqi delegation to Washington, in addition to the withdrawal of foreign combat forces from Iraq, and the relations between the two countries. Ended 29/R77
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Baghdad / Obelisk: The US State Department announced, on Thursday, July 15, 2021, that the fourth round of the strategic dialogue between the United States and Iraq will be held in a few days to strengthen relations between the two countries.
“We are very active in efforts to restore stability to the communities in Iraq that were destroyed by ISIS,” Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Joey Hood said during a virtual meeting at the Washington Institute for Near East Studies.
He explained that the United States is the largest donor to Iraq’s development through the United Nations development programs, and we have rehabilitated more than 130 schools with this funding, in addition to 57 primary health care centers, six clinics, 62 water treatment plants, 17 electrical sub-stations, and three hospitals.
He noted that Congress has provided a $10 million grant for education, and we are working closely with our partners in the United Nations and the European Union to meet the Iraqi government’s requests for election organization and monitoring.
Hood renewed the US call for the Iraqi authorities to bring the killers of Iraqi activists to justice.
He said: We talk at every opportunity possible with the Iraqi government about human rights and that they have a duty to protect peaceful demonstrators and civil society activists.
On Thursday, July 15, 2021, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi received the White House Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Brett McGurk and his accompanying delegation.
During the meeting, they discussed coordination and joint cooperation in various fields, and preparations for holding the next round of strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States of America.
The mechanisms for the withdrawal of combat forces from Iraq and the transition to a new phase of strategic cooperation that develops the relationship between the two countries and enhances Iraq’s security and sovereignty were also discussed, in addition to expanding cooperation in the economic, cultural and commercial fields, and in the field of health cooperation and confronting the Corona pandemic.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi is facing major challenges with his American negotiators in the fourth round of the strategic dialogue, against the background of the field security escalation inside Iraq.
Sources close to the Obelisk said that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi is responding to an American invitation to visit Washington to meet with President Joe Biden to discuss strategic dialogue, as well as economic, political and security relations.
Washington and Baghdad agreed, in the third round last April, to end the presence of US combat forces, and to limit the tasks of the units to training Iraqi forces.
According to Western diplomats, according to the obelisk’s monitoring of analyzes in Arab and international newspapers, decision makers in Washington rely on Al-Kazemi’s method to stabilize stability, including ensuring the smoothness of the agreed withdrawal schedule.
Al-Kazemi showed his strong tendency not to drag Iraq into chaos, whether between the government and the factions or between the political wings, while Al-Kazemi focuses on both Tehran and Washington in moving their clash out of the Iraqi arena.
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Baghdad / Al-Mawrid News
Today, Thursday, the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, announced his boycott of the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for next October.
Al-Sadr said in a speech, “I will not participate in the elections, and I announce that I will withdraw my hand from everyone who claims to belong to us in the current and future government.”
“We wish the elections success and the arrival of all the righteous,” he added.
He said the leader of the Sadrist movement that “what is happening in Iraq , an international scheme to humiliate the demonic people and burned,” he said . ” Be aware that the fate of Iraq like Syria and Afghanistan.”
political| 12:31 – 15/07/2021
Baghdad – Mawazine News,
Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi discussed, on Thursday, with an American delegation, the holding of the next round of strategic dialogue between Baghdad and Washington.
A statement by Al-Kazemi’s office, a copy of which was received by Mawazine News, stated that “Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi received, today, the White House coordinator for Middle East and North Africa affairs Brett McGurk and his accompanying delegation.”
The statement added, “The meeting discussed coordination and joint cooperation in various fields, and preparations for holding the next round of strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States of America.”
He continued: “
And he indicated, “During the meeting, regional situations were also discussed, and the region’s need to give precedence to the language of dialogue and calm, and Iraq’s growing role in this area.” Ended 29/A43
Shafaq News/ On Thursday, Iraqi President Barham Salih stressed the importance of easing tensions in the region, noting that Iraq’s security and stability is an “indispensable element.”
The Presidency of the Republic said in a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, “President Barham Salih received, today, at Baghdad Palace, the US National Security Council’s coordinator for Middle East and North Africa affairs Brett McGurk and his accompanying delegation.”
The statement added that the meeting dealt with bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to strengthen them in the political, economic and cultural fields in the context of the existing strategic dialogue between the two countries in accordance with common interests and respect for sovereignty, explaining that “the importance of continuing to work in combating terrorism and eradicating its roots in the whole region was emphasized.” .
The latest regional and international developments were also discussed, according to the statement, where Saleh stressed the importance of easing tensions in the region by relying on good dialogue and convergence, noting that “Iraq’s security and protection of its stability and full sovereignty is an indispensable element in the stability and peace of the region.”
Saleh pointed to “the need for coordination in confronting the challenges of terrorism, confronting the phenomenon of climate change and protecting the environment.”
And Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi discussed, earlier today, Thursday, during a meeting in Baghdad with the White House coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, Brett McGurk, and his accompanying delegation, the next round of dialogues to withdraw US forces from Iraq.