[size=36]The President of the Republic: The relationship between Baghdad and Erbil is incorrect[/size]
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The Iraqi President, Barham Salih, said that the relationship between the Kurdistan Regional Government and Baghdad "must be based on the current constitution," noting that "the Kurds are an essential component of society."
In an interview with an Arab media, the Iraqi president said, "The constitution may contain different visions, meaning interpretation and so forth, but in the end we have to make up our minds, this relationship is not healthy now, and not only with problems, but its constructions are no longer." Suitable for the perpetuation of this current situation really. "
He added, "The national dialogue must be radically exposed to this, and in a real way, the Kurds are an essential component of this society, who have suffered what they have suffered from displacement, absenteeism and the war of annihilation."
He continued: "We have essential allies in the Iraqi system and in Iraqi society who see the necessity of recognizing Kurdish rights, but there are also visions that see centralization in governance and do not accept the state of federalism and the state of government .. the issue cannot continue, neither the Kurds are satisfied, nor the Arabs are satisfied."
The Iraqi President, during his interview with Giselle Khoury, explained that “the citizen in Basra is no longer satisfied with that system, and the citizen in Kurdistan is also dissatisfied with this system. We must read it carefully. We must not remain attached to it. And, in my opinion, with all the differences, the national dialogue between the people of this country, God willing, we can solve these problems. Despite all these crises we have gone through, I am optimistic that we are able to overcome these problems. "
Saleh stated that "the relationship with America is a very important and fundamental relationship for this country, the relationship is based on common interests, and we now have a strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States, and this dialogue deals with many issues, economic and political, and other important files, and also to a file." Presence of American forces. "
And he added, "American forces came to Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government in order to fight ISIS, and the international coalition led by the United States had an important role in supporting the Iraqis to achieve victory."
And he returned to add: "But there is an Iraqi decision to end the presence of American and foreign military forces in Iraq, the combat forces, this is now in the strategic dialogue, there is a reduction in the number of American forces, and according to the data available from the Iraqi security services, the number does not exceed 2500 at this moment."
Regarding the strategic dialogue with Washington, the Iraqi president said: "A fact that we cannot reduce it only to the security side. The United States is a great economic power, a superpower in the world. We want to develop our economic, political and cultural relationship with them, if it is on the education side. As well as investments and other issues, work is underway in this context, and there is constant communication. "
He added, "I know Joe Biden personally, and I consider him one of those familiar with and friends of Iraq, and he was interested in the Iraqi issue."
Regarding Biden’s theory of federations, Barham Salih said, “His theory of division was not, to be precise, because the Arab media considered it a division, but he was talking about a federal system project in Iraq, which is present in the Iraqi constitution, and he was the vice president and was responsible for the Iraqi file in The Obama administration is the one who is following the file on the field and visiting us here in Iraq. "
He concluded by saying: "Therefore, we have old relations with him .. We cooperate in various fields and we affirm this cooperation because it is in the interest of Iraq, but at the same time we affirm the need for Iraqi sovereignty and complete Iraqi control over the security file completely." Ended 29 / A 87