- number of readings 37
- Section : Iraq
Baghdad / Obelisk: On Saturday, July 24, 2021, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken expressed his support for Iraq’s efforts to combat corruption and economic reform, and that the United States remains committed to helping the Government of Iraq achieve a secure and prosperous future.
The Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement, “Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein held a meeting today with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken as part of the fourth round of strategic dialogue in Washington, DC, and the two sides discussed the importance of continuing to strengthen bilateral relations at all levels, and they exchanged views on the latest developments in the region.” and the importance of intensifying consultations on regional issues and the challenges facing their stability.
Hussein expressed, “Baghdad’s aspiration to support and strengthen bilateral relations with Washington in a way that reflects its strategy, stressing the need for cooperation to achieve the common interests of the two friendly peoples.”
The two ministers also reviewed, according to the statement, “the strategic dialogue and the reaffirmation of the principles agreed upon by the two sides in the Strategic Framework Agreement.”
For his part, Secretary Blinken stated that “the United States is committed to assisting Iraq and ensuring the security of the elections, appreciating the reference of the supreme reference, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali al-Sistani to the need for international oversight, and the Security Council’s decision, noting to work with Congress to allocate five hundred million dollars to assist the Electoral Commission, and to provide training advice, and encouragement of Iraqis to participate widely in the upcoming elections.”