U.S. Embassy: Iraq handed over more than 90% of the Abrams tanks contracted

Saturday, February 18, 2012 16:19

[Baghdad - where]
Announced that the U.S. embassy in Baghdad to hand over the United States more than 90% of the tanks within the contracts with Iraq and it is about to deliver another type of Abrams [M1A1] in the coming weeks.

The embassy statement received by all of Iraq [where] a copy of it today, "Contrary to what recently published news reports, the U.S. arms sales to Iraq, according to a United States government," Foreign Military Sales "fully transparent and accountable, and that the sale of tanks to the Army are not exempt from this transparency. In this regard, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad denies categorically denied reports that the tanks that were purchased by the Iraqi army from the United States has not been handed over to Iraqi authorities. In fact, it has been already delivered more than [ 90] percent of the tanks, and the last meal of which already exist in Iraq and will be delivered soon. "

"And will the Office of Security Cooperation with Iraq [OSC-I], the office of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the completion of extradition proceedings Abrams tanks [M1A1] to Iraq within the next few weeks has been contracted by the Iraqi government to buy the [140] tank of the United States, all of which have arrived in Iraq were handed over [131] which are already to the Iraqi army and is now in his possession. "

The statement continued, "As for the tanks, the remaining nine are present in Iraq but in the possession of the United States. And waiting for the Office of Security Cooperation with Iraq and the arrival of some components of these tanks and then delivered them to be so complete the purchase contract with the Iraqi army in accordance with the standards of the Government of the United States and will Office of Security Cooperation with Iraq immediately after the arrival of these components to hand over the remaining nine tanks to the Iraqi army and we expect to do this in the coming weeks. "

He pointed out that "the Foreign Military Sales program is Bashvafah high nor tainted by corruption at all, because all the action going through these deals are beginning to identify costs and funding is tracked and accountability from the beginning to the end" Mpennan that "the Foreign Military Sales program is an example of what you its ongoing strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq to promote and support the capacity of Iraqi security forces to defend the sovereignty of Iraq and its people. "

Iraq has signed and the United States during the 2008 Framework Agreement strategy to support the ministries and agencies of the Iraqi transition from the strategic partnership with the Republic of Iraq to the areas of economic, diplomatic, cultural and security, as well as providing important sustainable for the rule of law, including the police development program and the completion of the coordination, supervision and report to Fund Iraq Relief and reconstruction.