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The US State Department talks about important challenges that the strategic dialogue with Iraq is addressing

The US State Department announced, on Thursday, July 15, 2021, that the fourth round of the strategic dialogue between the United States and Iraq will be held in a few days to strengthen relations between the two countries.

“We are very active in efforts to restore stability to the communities in Iraq that were destroyed by ISIS,” Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Joey Hood said during a virtual meeting at the Washington Institute for Near East Studies.

He explained that the United States is the largest donor to Iraq’s development through the United Nations development programs, and we have rehabilitated more than 130 schools with this funding, in addition to 57 primary health care centers, six clinics, 62 water treatment plants, 17 electrical sub-stations, and three hospitals.

He noted that Congress has provided a $10 million grant for education, and we are working closely with our partners in the United Nations and the European Union to meet the Iraqi government’s requests for election organization and monitoring.

Hood renewed the US call for the Iraqi authorities to bring the killers of Iraqi activists to justice.

He said: We talk at every opportunity possible with the Iraqi government about human rights and that they have a duty to protect peaceful demonstrators and civil society activists.

On Thursday, July 15, 2021, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi received the White House Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Brett McGurk and his accompanying delegation.

During the meeting, they discussed coordination and joint cooperation in various fields, and preparations for holding the next round of strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States of America.

The mechanisms for the withdrawal of combat forces from Iraq and the transition to a new phase of strategic cooperation that develops the relationship between the two countries and enhances Iraq’s security and sovereignty were also discussed, in addition to expanding cooperation in the economic, cultural and commercial fields, and in the field of health cooperation and confronting the Corona pandemic.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi is facing major challenges with his American negotiators in the fourth round of the strategic dialogue, against the background of the field security escalation inside Iraq.

Sources close to the Obelisk said that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi is responding to an American invitation to visit Washington to meet with President Joe Biden to discuss strategic dialogue, as well as economic, political and security relations.

Washington and Baghdad agreed, in the third round last April, to end the presence of US combat forces, and to limit the tasks of the units to training Iraqi forces.

According to Western diplomats, according to the obelisk’s monitoring of analyzes in Arab and international newspapers, decision makers in Washington rely on Al-Kazemi’s method to stabilize stability, including ensuring the smoothness of the agreed withdrawal schedule.

Al-Kazemi showed his strong tendency not to drag Iraq into chaos, whether between the government and the factions or between the political wings, while Al-Kazemi focuses on both Tehran and Washington in moving their clash out of the Iraqi arena.