US Ambassador: No intention to establish bases in Iraq and in the Kurdistan region .. and we are working in coordination with Baghdad
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In addition, the US ambassador to Iraq , Stuart Jones denied that the memo It includes the establishment ofUS military bases in Kurdistan or Iraq in general.
the holding of the Kurdistan region and the United States, about a week ago, a memorandum ofunderstanding in Erbil, and are Bmujbha- among the points Okhry- pay most of the salaries of the Peshmerga, which raised criticism of political parties.
a statement from the Ministry of defense, received a (long - Presse) a copy of it, that "what has been signed between the US Department of defense and the Ministry of Peshmerga in Kurdistan not an agreement but a memorandum of understanding with the terms of provision of US assistance to the salaries of the Peshmerga in the amount of 415 million dollars," noting that " the note does not contain any presence military bases to the US side or the international coalition at all, or any other sovereign order, which is exclusively the prerogative of the government of the Federal Republic of Iraq. " the
statement added that" the Iraqi government 's approval has been taken to provide financial assistance to pay the salaries of the Peshmerga, the grant conditions have been imposed on region by the donor, "noting that" the memorandum include increasing the number of members of the Peshmerga present in the forward defense lines to prevent any infiltration by Daash gangs terrorist ".utabat defense Ministry pointing out that" the memorandum also includes the provision of moving troops to help in the liberation of Nineveh operations if the need arises, and the assignment of the international coalition in the training and arming elements of thecrowd inside the territory of Kurdistan auditors by the Iraqi government contexts, and the full cooperation and coordination with the Iraqi government in the liberation of Nineveh operations. " the
ministerial statement said that" the memorandum include continuing to assign and enable Iraqi security forces to use Kurdistan territory in Ninevah operations, assign and enable a temporary increase of the international coalition forces in Iraq 's Kurdistan operations edit Nineveh, including the use of land in Iraqi Kurdistan on atemporary basis (after obtaining the consent of Iraqi government). "
the statement pointed out that" the memorandum states that the withdrawal of the Peshmerga forces andother forces of the region of the liberated areas in the Nineveh operations according to a timetable approved by the Iraqi government, from the effective date of this note , "stressing that" the memorandum also states do basic and clear reforms in the Ministry of Peshmerga, leading to financial transparency by the region in thecheck numbers and pay salaries. "
in a related development, the US ambassador confirmed the signing of a protocol between Washington and the Kurdistan Regional Government to support the Peshmerga forces B415 million. The ambassador said Stuart Jones, in an interview to a number of media , including the (long - Presse), yesterday at the US embassy in central Baghdad, said that " the US administration signed a protocol with the government of theKurdistan region to support the Peshmerga forces in the amount of $ 415 million in the fight Daash on thefront lines , "noting that" the protocol include fuel and ammunition to provide and provide for health andbeauty. "
he denied the US ambassador" and there are no intentions of the United States to establish military bases in Kurdistan or Iraq in general , "adding that" the rumors about it is confounding the media . " .
in the meantime, the US ambassador said that the United States confirmed that Iraq 's sovereignty is sacred and stressed the need to hold everything consent of the Iraqi government , "noting that" the existing Turkish forces into Iraqi territory did not summon by the Iraqi government. "
Jones added that" on Turkish troops to leave Iraqi territory , "asserting that" his country with a political solution in regards to the presence of Turkish forces into Iraqi territory. "
Turning Ambassador to the US soldiers who plans his country sent to Qayyarah base, saying that" the 560 soldiers who talked about them and defense Minister American Ashton Carter to be sent to Iraq are not combat troops. " And that "these soldiers are advisors and engineers for the rehabilitation of Qayyarah base."
He denied Jones Washington sought to replace the Incirlik base Qayyarah base, stressing that "everything you do and Washington being the knowledge of the Iraqi government and approval." He pointed out that " the US presidential candidates Trump and Clinton will continue their support and economic support for the Iraqi security forces."
In contrast, the US ambassador reiterated his country 's support for Prime Minister Haider al - Abadi and his vision for reform and respect for the right of the masses to demonstrate. Jones said , "We support Abadi and his vision regarding reform and respect the right of the masses of peaceful demonstrations."
He pointed Jones that " the Iraqi government is facing a huge crisis and must focus on defeating (Daash), and we achieve the aspirations of the next generation and Abadi do it." He expressed "hope to begin acampaign of Mosul and ends at the earliest , " pointing to " the start of the campaign preparatory operations and restore Qayyarah base."