Al Hurra – WashingtonOctober 31, 2022
After the new Iraqi government, headed by Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani, won the confidence of Parliament, attention is turning to Baghdad’s vision of cooperating with Washington in the next stage, as the administration of President Joe Biden is showing interest in “Iraq being a center for stability in the Middle East.”
And Jennifer Gavito, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, had confirmed in an interview with Al-Hurra channel that the United States “will not abandon Iraq”, and that Washington considers Baghdad a “strategic partner.”
She said, “We have an ambitious agenda in Iraq, and we consider it a strategic partner for America, and we see a partner in the new Iraqi government.”
However, the new Iraqi government may not consider the partnership with Washington “too urgent,” according to political analyst, Ahmed Hussein.
Hussein told Al-Hurra that “the parties that formed the Iraqi government are known for their continued hostility to the United States, and some of them can also be considered an outright Iranian arm inside the country.”
The forces of the coordination framework of the Shiite forces, known for short as “the framework”, formed the new Iraqi government, and its head, Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani, previously belonged to the State of Law coalition headed by Nuri al-Maliki, who nominated several ministers in the government, and in the government there is a minister, Naim al-Aboudi – Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research – Until his appointment, he was a deputy in the Iraqi parliament from the Sadiqoun bloc (Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq) and a spokesman for the militia.The “testimonies” of an Iraqi minister bring the “Islamic University” scandal back to the foreThe appointment of Naim Al-Aboudi, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the new Iraqi government, sparked controversy on social networks regarding his educational attainment.
Hussein adds, “It is difficult to expect a major change in the thinking of the parties forming the government just because they came to power.” It is clear and reflects the positions of the United States along the line.”
The Iraqi government has not yet identified a spokesperson, but Al-Hurra tried to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Naim Al-Aboudi, about his position on cooperation with the United States, but he did not get a response.
The Prime Minister, Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani, met with the American Ambassador, Alina Romanowski, before and after his government obtained the confidence of Parliament.
A statement by Al-Sudani’s office said, on Saturday, that the two sides discussed the development of relations between the two countries.
The Iraqi political analyst, Muhammad Al-Mamouri, says that “the government’s obligations are different from those of the parties forming it.”
He added to Al-Hurra website, “It is expected that there will not be an exceptional separation of cooperation or a significant strengthening of relations, but most likely the relations will not deteriorate as well.”
Al-Mamouri confirms, “Baghdad needs Washington militarily and security, and Washington does not want Baghdad to stray too far, so the two sides will proceed with a stable relationship for the most part.”
The Iraqi political and academic analyst, d. Muhammad Nana` said that the United States “wants to have a stable Iraq, as recent data indicate.”
Nanaa told Al-Hurra that “Washington has international priorities, especially with regard to Ukraine, Russia and China.”
He said that the formation of the government in its current form may not like Washington or not in its interest, but “it tolerated that the formation of the government be in this way for the sake of stability,” noting “what happened in Iraq in terms of instability and delay in forming the government lasted Baghdad’s ability to take strategic decisions, including it.” increase oil production.
The US Ambassador to Iraq, Alina Romanowski, had confirmed earlier this month that the Strategic Framework Agreement is what guides Washington’s relations with the new Iraqi government.
“Progress in achieving our common interests is important to Iraqis,” Romanowski added in a tweet.
And she continued, “An Iraq that fights corruption and creates job opportunities, an Iraq that is stable through strong government security institutions and free of ISIS, and an Iraq that is resilient to deal with climate change.”
Iraq and the United States signed the Strategic Framework Agreement in 2008, which included several axes, including regulating the presence of US forces in the country, in addition to items related to strengthening cooperation in the economic, cultural and political fields.