US Ambassador: We support reform efforts and we do not want to remain militarily in Iraq
The US ambassador in Baghdad, Matthew Tueller, said that his country does not want a permanent military stay in Iraq, stressing, in a meeting with a number of Iraqi journalists, through voice communication technology, that his country supports any efforts for economic reform by the Iraqi government.
In his first media activity since the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to Washington, about two weeks ago, Tueller explained that the latter’s visit to Washington discussed the challenges that [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] suffers from due to Corona and the low oil prices, revealing US-Iraqi meetings to discuss issues in the field of investment. For the purpose of supporting reform processes and investment issues.
He added that the meeting of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi with US President Donald Trump “showed the strength of the relationship between the two countries and we hope that it will create momentum in the relationship between the two countries,” stressing that he hopes “the Iraqi parliament will not reject the recent agreements between [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] And America, and all that was agreed upon is within the Strategic Framework Agreement that Parliament ratified in 2008, and anything we do within this framework.
And he considered that there is "a lot of intended misunderstanding about the relationship of the international coalition and the Iraqi government, as the United States does not want a permanent military presence in Iraq, and during the past five years we have fought with the Iraqis many wars against" ISIS ", and we are currently at the end of it," revealing, " Technical dialogues to discuss the redeployment and reduction of forces, because circumstances have changed, and the number, skills and role will be determined by circumstances.
He added: “There are extremist voices that reach the point of launching missiles to target the military presence and the diplomatic presence, and this does not represent the Iraqi people or the interest of Iraq, and if this discourse triumphs over the interest of Iraq, this prompts a review of many issues, not between [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] and America, but between [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] And the international coalition in general. ”
Toller: There is a lot of intended misunderstanding about the relationship of the international coalition and the Iraqi government. The United States does not want a permanent military presence in Iraq. During the past five years, we have fought many wars with the Iraqis against “ISIS”, and we are currently at the end of it and
continued: “Iraq has demonstrated its commitment. "As a host country for the international coalition, it will provide protection to coalition personnel and diplomatic institutions, and the Al-Kazemi government takes this commitment seriously .. The government is facing the challenges of imposing law in the face of militias that do not respect the law."
And he considered that the current government "represents the will of the Iraqi people who want to apply the law to all groups, and there will be support for the Iraqi government to implement the law, but the important role of the government is to protect citizens, protect embassies and international forces, and stop political interference from some neighboring countries."
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