Deputy Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Monday that the next stage will witness the readiness to hold the elections on time and establish the state of citizenship and form a government of the political majority. He criticized some political forces that oppose the majority government for its desire to continue control and interference in the state apparatus and the political process.
Maliki's office said in a statement received by the "News News" that "Vice President Nuri al-Maliki and his delegation, which visited the headquarters of the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Moscow."
The statement added that "Maliki reviewed during his meeting with the cadres of the Embassy of the latest political and security situation in the country, and ways to ensure the activation of cooperation in various fields between Iraq and the Russian Federation."
"Iraq is looking forward to building balanced relations with all brotherly and friendly countries, especially the Russian Federation," he said, adding that "thanks to our armed forces and our popular mobilization, we have succeeded in eradicating gangs that support terrorism and cleanse our cities from this hideous terrorist organization."
He pointed out that "our country faces great challenges that require everyone to unite efforts and work to overcome them," stressing "the need to achieve political reconciliation and correct the political system in preparation for the start of the process of construction and reconstruction and the return of displaced to liberated cities."
He pointed out that "the next stage will witness the readiness to hold the election on time, the establishment of the state of citizenship and the formation of the government of the political majority," criticizing "some political forces that oppose the majority government for its desire to continue control and interference in the organs of the state and the political process.
"We look forward to all Iraqi embassies being homes for all Iraqis and dealing with them on the basis of citizenship and away from partisan, national and sectarian affiliations," he said.
On Sunday, Vice President Nuri al-Maliki arrived in the Russian capital Moscow for a four-day working visit to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian Federation Council Chairman Valentina Matvienko and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
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