Washington reduced its diplomatic efforts in Iraq
24/10/2011 | (Voice of Iraq) New York Times
after the announcement of Obama's full withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, dictated the financial troubles on the U.S. administration plans to shrink on the programs of diplomatic, economic and cultural, which it considered necessary in the day for Iraq's stability and to establish long-term alliance with him and away from the arms of Iran. in the summer, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs plans to establish a consulate of 700 people in the city of Mosul, and in the spring, the United States was moving its plans to establish a consulate in the city of Kirkuk, ethnically divided, but those plans have been saved and postponed, as was rejected appeals of some Iraqi leaders to open diplomatic offices in southern Iraq, which Iran has widespread influence. This reduction in military ambitions and American diplomacy indicates the fact that Iraq after the U.S. takes its shape more quickly than he had imagined a lot of Iraqis and Americans, and this is what Ochaaram comfortable after eight years of war-weary. Said, however, Abawi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, "The U.S. should not turn its back on Iraq, it needed and it needs to." This change in the relationship at a sensitive time for Iraq and the region. Where Iraq finds itself surrounded by countries subject to great changes, Iran - which has long sought to increase its influence in neighboring countries - has encouraged through the spring of the Arabs, who dropped a number of leaders are dependent on the West, and there is Syria - which had been suffering for months of unrest that fear Iraq's leaders to leak them across the border - which re-open its outlets in front of al Qaeda fighters. Internally, many issues remained unresolved, after twenty months of the election could not blocks leading political agreement on who will carry the bag of Defense and Interior, and the parliament had not passed so far a law on how to divide the country's revenue from oil and gas, and remained the issue of who will control Kirkuk - Baghdad or Kurdistan - no solutions as well. officials say the Americans that they are still planning for a major increase in the programs of diplomatic and cultural, as confirmed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the relationships that will continue and issued an apparent warning convincing Iran, where she said "We are opening a new chapter in our relationship with an independent Iraq, we say to the Iraqis: U.S. with you as you take your steps following on your journey to ensure that your democracy. and say to the countries of the region, especially Iraq's neighbors, we want to emphasize that America will stand with its allies and friends, including Iraq, to defend our security and our interests. " However, the expansion of diplomatic presence will be smaller than expected and this is due to budget constraints in addition to the decision to withdraw forces makes it difficult for diplomats to perform their work safely, the plans of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs extended may be painted at a time when military officials are pushing to keep the 20 thousand troops in Iraq next year. Former ambassador to Iraq, Christopher Hill, a concern that so little presence of U.S. forces may be dangerous and a lot of risk. the reaction was in Baghdad to Obama's remarks silent, perhaps a reflection of the mixed feelings in Iraq.
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