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Tishwash: Economy and investment .. the most prominent files of the upcoming Iraqi-American dialogue

An informed political source revealed, on Wednesday, the most prominent files of the strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States of America.

The source told “Al-Ikhbaria” that “the Iraqi delegation, which will be interviewing its American counterpart, consists of 20 people from the fields of politics, security, economy and culture.”

He added that “the meeting will take place via the electronic circuit tomorrow, Thursday, as the economy and investment will be the most prominent files that will be discussed,” noting that “the military dialogue will not be discussed in tomorrow’s session.”   link

Tishwash:  Al-Kazemi defines the priorities of the strategic dialogue between Iraq and America

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi considered achieving sovereignty and taking into account the country’s interest a priority of the strategic dialogue to be held between Iraq and America.

On Wednesday afternoon, Al-Kazemi held a meeting with a number of representatives of the tribes and dignitaries of the Nineveh Governorate, on the sidelines of his visit to Mosul, on the occasion of the sixth anniversary of its invasion by ISIS.

Al-Kazimi stated during the meeting that Mosul, Al-Hadba, represents a civilizational and human history and heritage, and it has been subjected to the terror of ISIS gangs.

He stressed the importance of coexistence and diversity in the province of Nineveh, and considered it an advantage and an element of strength for it.

Al-Kazemi pointed to the challenges facing the government in the current stage, as it mobilizes all its efforts to face the Corona pandemic, in light of the financial crisis caused by the collapse of international oil prices.

The Prime Minister stressed that the government inherited a heavy legacy, and received an empty budget, as a result of poor planning and total dependence on oil, and stressed that opportunities for success are available to build a citizenship state.

He referred to the expected dialogue with the United States of America, stressing that the first elements of the dialogue are sovereignty and the interests of the country.  link


Tishwash:  US report: 6 issues that the strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States will focus on

A US press report revealed, on Tuesday, the 6 most important issues to be raised during the strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States.

The Al-Hurra website said in a report, followed by “Nass” (June 9, 2020), that “there are no dramatic results” in the strategic dialogue between America and Iraq that will be launched in the coming hours via closed-circuit television because of the Corona pandemic, while the report pointed out the most prominent issues that The negotiations will top.

The following is the text of the report:

A few hours separate Iraqis and Americans from the launch of the strategic dialogue between the United States and Iraq, as the talks are scheduled to focus on a package of hot files, according to what the followers of the Iraqi file in the American capital, Washington, confirm.

The dialogue that will be launched on the impact of many regional and international challenges, notably the epidemic of Covid 19, which will push the American and Iraqi teams to meet, for the first time, via CCTV, and not personally to solve complex issues.

This dialogue also comes in light of many security and political changes that Iraq has witnessed in the past weeks and months, starting with the formation of a new government headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi, and the opening of new powers in Iraq to the Gulf states.

And preceded the government development in Iraq, a series of demonstrations calling for the fight against corruption and the holding of new parliamentary elections, and an end to Iranian influence and the militias of Tehran in Iraq.  

The most prominent of the changes is the removal of the most prominent Iranian players on the Iraqi and Middle Eastern scene by the United States, through the liquidation of the commander of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Qassem Soleimani, upon his arrival at Baghdad Airport.

This incident prompted the resigning Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, to ask parliament to vote on a mandatory resolution to remove the US forces, which operate within the international coalition to fight ISIS, from the country. This was confirmed by some members of the Iraqi Council of Representatives.

So in light of all these developments inside Iraq, not to mention the crisis situations inside Iran, the strategic dialogue sessions will be held between Washington and Baghdad, which will be chaired by the American side, and the Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, David Hill.

The US special envoy to the international coalition, James Jeffrey, revealed that Hill pointed out, during a meeting with members of the international coalition to defeat ISIS, via the video circle last Thursday, the most important points that the strategic dialogue will address.

“What we are looking for is not just talking about the presence of the coalition forces in Iraq, but also about the entire US-Iraqi bilateral relationship in accordance with the Strategic Framework Agreement of 2008 and in the financial, economic, social, political, diplomatic and energy fields, as well as security,” Geoffrey quoted the State Department’s agent for political affairs as telling coalition members. In addition to the comprehensive efforts of the international community to help Iraq get back on its feet. ”

In addition to Hill’s gestures, followers of the Iraqi file in Washington are unanimous in a series of issues that the American side will focus on during the dialogue, namely:

The Iraqi government takes measures to protect American diplomats, military personnel, and international coalition forces to defeat ISIS operating on Iraqi soil.

– To stop Iraq from relying on Iran to invest in electric energy and the necessity of speeding up finding alternatives.

– Iran’s destabilizing role in Iraq and the region, controlling its proxies and militias supported by it, and putting an end to Iranian interference in Iraqi affairs.

– Opening Iraq to its Arab environment and encouraging the steps taken by the Iraqi government recently in this area.

– How to help Iraq cope with the Corona epidemic and overcome the economic crisis caused by the low oil prices on which Iraqis rely to a large extent.

The future of the American presence and the international coalition forces in Iraq to ensure that ISIS does not reappear.

In this regard, the American envoy to the International Alliance, James Jeffrey, who also worked as the US ambassador to Iraq, said, “There is no change in the American position, which is that we will continue to maintain the presence of our forces as long as the Iraqi government wants American forces and the International Alliance to defeat ISIS on its soil to While defeating ISIS. ” “This is not yet complete,” he added.

Jeffrey believes that the Iraqis are divided over the American withdrawal from Iraq, and he said that “Nasiriyah and Najaf under Sistani’s leadership took a position that a decision should not be taken regarding the international military presence before holding new elections, and this is the position of an important part of the Iraqi political system.” They have different points of view in this regard, for example, the Kurdish parties did not support the parliament’s call to withdraw.

Former US Ambassador Douglas Suleiman will meet with Jeffrey on this issue. In response to a question about what the American delegation will carry to the Iraqi side regarding the American presence in Iraq, he said to the “Al-Hurra” website, “I think the real question will be how will the Iraqi delegation deal with this issue because it is very clear that there are Iraqi political parties and specifically some Those associated with the Shiite parties and parties in the popular crowd, especially those who receive support from Iran, want to achieve the Iranian goal and push the American forces out of Iraq .. “.

“It is also clear that many other Shiite parties, the majority of Sunnis, the majority of Iraqi Kurds, Yazidis, Christians and other religious minorities want to see continued presence of US and coalition forces in certain forms to help the Iraqi government continue to train the Iraqi armed forces and police, make them more professional, and create a balanced balance,” he said. The great pressure that Tehran is exerting on Baghdad. ”

Many issues and complications accompany this dialogue, and eyes are looking forward to what these talks will lead to, but Ambassador Suleiman reduces expectations.

“Do not expect dramatic results from the first round of talks,” he told Al-Hurra. “There are discussions in Washington about when and how Americans can travel to Baghdad for a follow-up tour and how Iraqi officials can come to Washington to hold another round of talks in person.”

And he expected that “there will be a preliminary meeting that will work more to determine the agenda of the upcoming talks, rather than real negotiations on the topics on the agenda of the talks.”  link