The joint statement of the Al-Kazemi and Biden meeting: Proceeding with security coordination and strengthening the bilateral partnership
A statement by the media office was received by Shafak News Agency; That Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi met today with US President Joseph Biden in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in a bilateral meeting that brought them together, on the sidelines of the summit that brought together the United States, the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Iraq, Egypt and Jordan.
The statement indicated; He pointed out that "during the meeting, the two leaders affirmed their mutual commitment to the strong bilateral partnership between Iraq and the United States, in accordance with the Strategic Framework Agreement, and their determination to proceed with security coordination to ensure that ISIS does not return again."
And he continued, "Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi discussed with US President Joseph Biden a number of regional issues, and they agreed that the relationship between Iraq and the United States is based on common interests, strengthening Iraq's sovereignty, territorial integrity, security, and stability, and a commitment to strengthening the bilateral partnership in a way that would benefit Iraq." In the interest of both countries.
The two sides stressed the importance of forming a new Iraqi government that responds to the will of the Iraqi people, and respects Iraq's democracy and independence; Where President Joseph Biden emphasized the importance attached to the United States; For a stable, united, prosperous and sovereign Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region.
The statement stated; "The two leaders renewed their commitment to the Strategic Framework Agreement for the Relationship of Friendship and Cooperation between the Republic of Iraq and the United States of America, which regulates the overall political, economic, cultural and security relationship between the two countries. President Biden reiterated his support for Iraq in its battle against terrorism and emphasized that a strong Iraq capable of defending itself, represents an essential element for achieving stability in the region.
According to the statement; The two leaders also stressed the importance of strengthening Iraqi democratic institutions in a way that enables the Iraqi security forces to achieve security and stability in Iraq and the region. President Biden expressed his gratitude for Iraq's efforts to return and rehabilitate Iraqi families and children, as well as to prosecute Iraqi ISIS fighters, from Syria, and welcomed them With more cooperation to address this critical issue," he said, "the two leaders agreed that close cooperation in military and security affairs, and overall support for Iraq to confront terrorism was a crucial factor in ensuring the final defeat of ISIS."
Also according to the statement; Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and President Joseph Biden discussed the importance of Iraq's regional role, especially in facilitating communication and building trust between countries in the region. In particular, President Biden commended the important diplomatic efforts led by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to promote greater stability, prosperity, and relations among the countries of the region. The historical agreements that were recently concluded between Iraq and the Gulf Interconnection Authority will provide energy at reasonable prices to Iraq, and help it in its endeavors to meet the needs of its citizens.
President Biden reaffirmed the importance the United States attaches to building a prosperous and diversified Iraqi economy, interconnected with its region and with the global economic system, and able to meet the basic needs of the Iraqi people.
According to the statement; The two leaders stressed the importance of fighting corruption in order to build confidence in official Iraqi institutions, as well as support economic growth.
The statement added; The two leaders also discussed joint efforts to promote sustainable development of the region's resources to address the effects of climate change, including water security disruption, and to expand Iraqi-American coordination on energy sector development and economic reform.
He noted that "President Biden welcomed Prime Minister Al-Kazemi's initiative for Saudi Arabia and Iran to hold talks in Baghdad. The President expressed his appreciation for the Prime Minister's positive diplomacy, which aims to create a more secure and stable region. He praised the convening of the Baghdad Conference on Partnership and Cooperation, and the distinguished relationship between Iraq, Jordan, and Egypt, which the United States stands ready to support.
For his part, the Prime Minister affirmed his commitment to move forward with initiatives that seek to bring Iraq's neighbors and friends together in order to find local solutions to regional challenges and achieve sustainable stability, according to the statement.
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