Burns: We want a bigger role in Iraq regionally .. And al-Maliki asked to speed up the application of the terms of the Strategic Framework Agreement between Baghdad and Washington

1/14/2012 | (Voice of Iraq) - Add comments - Baghdad (news) Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the need to work faster to apply the terms of the Strategic Framework Agreement and the establishment of bilateral cooperation based on what was drawn by the Convention. Maliki said during a meeting with a delegation of U.S. high headed by Assistant Foreign Minister of the United States of America, William Burns, accompanied by the commander of Central Command, Gen. James Mattis, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, James Jeffrey, that Iraq is going through a state-building and the construction of institutions on the basis of the Constitution and we are involved in the mobilization of all efforts to strengthen this trend. He made ​​it clear desire Iraq to build ties of friendship and cooperation with all countries, especially neighboring countries, but on the basis of mutual respect and non-interference in domestic affairs. For his part, Assistant Secretary of State William Burns said the United States wanted to complete the process of building the foundations of the strategic relations between the two countries, which will include aspects of economic and trade cooperation and the areas of energy and education, and expressed his country's desire to activate the role of Iraq's regional support opportunities for security and stability in the region and non-interference in domestic affairs. While expressing the commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. James Mattis, the U.S. is ready to equip the Iraqi army and security agencies with the necessary devices and techniques to enhance their capacity in the face of terrorism and security challenges of different He explained that he would discuss with Iraqi officials details of the requirements and the means provided to Iraqi security forces.

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