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Al Noor News/ Baghdad
The US ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Tueller, announced that the United States of America provided financial support for the success of the elections in Iraq, while noting that the meeting of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi and US President Joe Biden at the White House are indications that relations serve the interests of both countries.
Tueller said in a television interview that "all the bilateral meetings that took place this week in Washington, and Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi's meeting with President Biden at the White House carried indications that relations between Iraq and the United States serve the interests of the two countries."
He added, "There is a firm commitment to work on establishing solid foundations, and to continue expanding the horizons of cooperation on the economic and cultural level, not just on the security side."
He pointed out that "the current US military presence in Iraq came at the invitation of the Iraqi government in 2014," noting that "the United States leads the international coalition that includes more than 90 countries that responded to Iraq's request for support to defeat ISIS."
He explained, "Despite the liberation of all lands from the control of the terrorist organization, the threat it poses to Iraq and the Iraqi people still exists," adding: "Even last week, we witnessed attacks in Sadr City, attacks on electricity and infrastructure, and we saw attacks in Diyala, Tarmiyah and other areas." Very close to Baghdad.
He continued, "There is still a need for the coalition to assist the Iraqi forces that are confronting and defeating ISIS and ensuring its continued defeat," stressing that "the course of the coalition's role has changed with the development of the capabilities of the Iraqi forces as a result of their close work with the coalition forces, and last week's meetings confirmed these changes." “.
He went on to say: "The important meetings held by the Technical Security Committee discussed this issue, as the Deputy Commander of the Iraqi Joint Operations met with his American counterparts, and they identified the required needs during the coming months and years, as well as how the coalition can lead the international response to support the Iraqi forces to be a strong institution." Sovereign, capable of protecting Iraq and its people.”
He pointed out that "the United States seeks to achieve stability and security in the region from the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf," stressing that "President Biden expressed this clearly during the meeting with Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, as he indicated that the stability of Iraq is the stability of the region. The existence of Iraq as a strong, stable and unified country will be reflected in the region.”
He continued, "We believe that Iraq has these capabilities, and we want to help the Iraqis," adding: "The Iraqis are proud of their country, as they should be, and we hope to help in their quest for a future worthy of the people, especially children and grandchildren."
And Tueller said: "Our diplomatic presence is based on normal diplomatic relations, as providing security protection for our embassy and our employees is the responsibility of the Iraqi government, and for this we count on a strong and sovereign Iraqi state to provide security not only for diplomats and other international organizations, but for the Iraqi government and institutions as well." .
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