[ltr]2023.02.10 - 10:45[/ltr]
Baghdad - Nas
The Iraqi Foreign Minister, Fouad Hussein, said that the United States understands the steps Iraq has taken to achieve economic, financial and monetary reform, according to Al-Hurra.
Hussein stated in an interview with the American website on the sidelines of his visit at the head of an Iraqi delegation to Washington, which was followed by "NAS" (February 10, 2023), that "the first day of meetings with the American side was fruitful," and witnessed a discussion of important topics from the Iraqi economy to the fight against ISIS. Islamic "ISIS".
The economy and energy, in addition to investing in gas, were among the discussions of the first day, and Hussein explained to Al-Hurra that "Iraq is heading to be a gas country in addition to being an oil country."
The Iraqi official explained that the meetings at the US Treasury focused on monetary policy and the banking field, and "how to deal with some countries that are subject to US sanctions." He said that US officials showed their understanding of "Iraq's problems and their support for Iraq's monetary policy."
US officials at the US Treasury Department expressed their understanding of Iraq's problems, its monetary policy and the policy of the Central Bank of Iraq, according to the Iraqi minister.
Hussein stressed that the Iraqi government has a "clear plan to diversify the Iraqi economy," in addition to encouraging the private sector and building the agricultural and tourism sectors.
On the issue of gas, Hussein explained that the meetings witnessed a discussion about the assistance of US companies and the US government to Iraq in this field, noting that communication with the World Bank and the Monetary Fund continues.
And "there is a plan for the government to diversify sources of income and diversify the Iraqi economy to encourage the private sector and other sectors such as agriculture, in addition to building the tourism sector," according to the Iraqi minister.
The issue of climate change had a share in the meetings of the Iraqi delegation, and Hussein said that his meeting with John Kerry, the US envoy for climate, dealt with climate change and how to deal in this field, referring to "the presentation of various projects that will be studied."
The Iraqi delegation, headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, will discuss with the US Department of Defense "Pentagon" "American support for Iraq in the field of combating" ISIS "and extremist groups.
The United States has about two thousand military personnel in Iraq to carry out training and advisory missions.
And last month, Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani considered that his country still at the present time "needs the foreign forces" present in it, most of which are American, according to what was stated in an interview published in the Wall Street Journal.
A high-ranking Iraqi delegation, headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and including the Governor of the Central Bank, Ali Al-Alaq, the Minister of Finance, Taif Sami, and officials in the Prime Minister's Office for Security Affairs, began a visit to Washington, on Wednesday.
On Thursday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said, during his meeting with his Iraqi counterpart, in the US capital, that Washington is focusing on the economic dimension of the strategic framework agreement with Iraq.
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