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Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi's spokesman Ahmed, Said, said Thursday that the US presence in Iraq was not an occupation of the country, while stressing the government's commitment to providing salaries to employees.
"The U.S. presence is a cooperation with a friendly country with which we have strong relations and we will strengthen these relations on economic and other levels," Tala Talal said in televised remarks broadcast by Digital Media RT.
"The Iraqi government has come a long way in strategic dialogue with the United States," he said.
"The government is working with several joints to secure diplomatic missions and the Green Zone," he said.
"The US presence in Iraq is not an occupation of the country," he said.
"The government is determined to overcome all economic and health challenges in the country, as well as to provide salaries for employees and retirees," he said.
"The stagnation in the fight against corruption in Iraq has been going on for 17 years, and the government of Prime Minister Al-Kadhimi has been able to open several files on this matter and more than 20 officials accused of corruption cases have been arrested," he said.
On the first anniversary of the Tishrin protests, the prime minister's spokesman said, "The government is not afraid of a return to the demonstrations because they came to meet the main demand of the protesters, which is to hold early elections."
"Kazemi will visit France in the coming days at an official invitation, and then he will tour a number of European countries, as part of the current government's project to open up to the international community," he said.
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