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US Ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller said that the Iraqi demonstrations in 2019 clearly expressed their demands, when young men took to the streets with the support of their families, and said we want to restore our country, demanded early elections, and forced the government at the time to resign.
Toler explained in a television interview that "there will be security challenges, because there are some parties that want to obstruct the elections," stressing that "in order to help Iraq conduct the elections, the United States provides significant financial support, first to UNAMI, which will play a role in monitoring the elections, as well as to the commission. The Independent High Electoral Commission, through civil society and non-governmental organizations that provide technical support.
"We want to see elections take place, but above all, the Iraqi people want to see fair elections, for many Iraqis to vote, to show that they still believe in democracy, they still believe in the political process and the Iraqi constitution," Tueller said.
He continued, "We encourage normal relations between Iran and Iraq. We do not seek to create problems between Iraq and Iran," stressing that "in the end, we want normal relations between the two countries based on mutual respect and respect for sovereignty."
He pointed out that "the problem is that many Iranian activities inside Iraq undermine Iraqi sovereignty. It is not normal for a neighboring country to support armed groups and political parties that weaken state institutions in Iraq," noting that "these Iranian activities worry us greatly, and I think they are a cause of concern for many Iraqis who do not They want to see any neighboring or foreign country in their country that controls and supports armed groups, sectarian or ethnic groups.”
He stressed that "a strong Iraqi state is the one who can confront this kind of malicious activities."
And between: “We strongly support the “white paper” submitted by this government under the supervision of the Minister of Finance. They embody very important reform steps, which will reduce the government's heavy dependence on oil energy revenues, diversify sources of income, and reduce the public sector's very large dependence on salaries," stressing that "this type of reforms will be difficult, and will not happen overnight, but It will certainly lead to the revitalization and strengthening of the Iraqi economy.”
He pointed out that "it is sometimes difficult to make international companies think about investing in Iraq now because there are security and investment obstacles, in addition to the fact that the oil market is currently changing very quickly."
He stressed that "some companies operating in Iraq are now considering reducing their activity and returning to diversify their sources of income. But we will continue to work with the Iraqi government, because we realize that the Iraqi economy at the current stage and in the future will depend heavily on oil and natural gas.”
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