[size=30]A statement from the International Coalition coinciding with Al-Kazemi’s visit to Washington[/size][You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
The coalition said in a statement received by NRTAn Arabic version of it, (July 26, 2021), "The coalition will remain committed to supporting our partner forces to prevent the return of ISIS and promote regional stability."
He added, "Since 2014, we have provided support to partner forces in order to enable their continued growth and capacity as our joint efforts led to the defeat of the so-called ISIS physical caliphate."
Last week, sessions of the last round of the US-Iraqi strategic dialogue began in Washington to discuss the file of the US military presence in Iraq.
During his meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Fouad Hussein in Washington, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stressed the importance of the relationship between the two countries. He said that his country is moving forward in its partnership with Iraq on the basis of mutual respect and common interests.
Blinken pointed out that the partnership with Baghdad is much greater than the war on ISIS.
For his part, Hussein said that the Iraqi forces still need the training and armament programs provided by the United States.
He added that his country still needs the international coalition and work with it, in addition to exchanging information in the face of ISIS, and it also needs international action to confront the organization..
There are still about 2,500 American soldiers present in Iraq, and the United States also frequently sends special forces to the country, whose numbers are not announced.
Today, Monday, US President Joe Biden will receive Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, in his first meeting with the prime minister, who hopes to obtain an official announcement of a timetable for the Americans' withdrawal from the country, which may give him a political impetus three months before early parliamentary elections..
The meeting mainly revolves around the presence of US forces in Iraq and, on a larger scale, Baghdad's ability to confront the remaining ISIS cells.
The latter claimed a bloody attack that took place a week ago in a popular market in Sadr City in the capital, Baghdad, which resulted in at least 36 dead and 62 wounded, most of them women and children, according to medical and security sources..
Al-Kazemi’s visit to Washington comes at a time when US forces in Iraq are subjected to repeated attacks by armed factions, and Washington, in turn, responds to them..
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