During a joint press conference between the US Secretary of State and his Iraqi counterpart in Washington
Istanbul / Anatolia
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Thursday that his country is working to strengthen the Iraqi economy and reintegrate it into the region within the framework of the strategic relations between the two countries.
This came during a joint press conference between Blinken and his Iraqi counterpart Fouad Hussein, who is visiting Washington as part of a high-level delegation, according to the official Iraqi News Agency.
In early February, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shiaa al-Sudani announced that a high-level delegation would visit Washington on the seventh of the same month to discuss files, including fluctuations in the price of the dollar against the dinar.
Since last November, the US Federal Reserve has imposed stricter controls on international dollar transactions by Iraqi commercial banks.
In his speech during the press conference, Blinken said: “We are working to strengthen the Iraqi economy and reintegrate it into the region in accordance with the strategic framework agreement linking the two countries,” explaining that “we are now focusing very intensively on the economic dimension of that agreement.”
In 2008, Washington and Baghdad concluded a “strategic framework” agreement that paved the way for the exit of US forces from Iraq at the end of 2011 after eight years of occupation.
“Particular emphasis will be placed on energy and electricity in the strategic framework agreement,” Blinken said, adding that Iraq “can and must be independent in the field of energy.”
He pointed out that “US President (Joe Biden) had a very good conversation with the Iraqi Prime Minister a few days ago, stressing the way to strengthen the strategic partnership that unites Iraq and the United States.”
For his part, the Iraqi Foreign Minister said that his country “will continue to work with Washington on the basis of building the Iraqi economy.”
“We thank the United States for supporting Iraq in its fight against ISIS,” Hussein said in his speech at the conference.
Since 2014, Washington has led an international coalition to combat ISIS, with about 3,000 troops deployed in Iraq, including 2,500 Americans.