US President: I am sorry for the withdrawal of our troops from Iraq

2017/03/22 (00:01 PM) - Number of readings: 1135 - Issue (3882)

Baghdad / Range

The visit of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to Washington was a clear celebration, reflected in the package of pledges made by US President Donald Trump to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in all fields.

Abadi and Trump stressed their country's commitment to a comprehensive strategic partnership that benefits both countries over the coming years.

On Monday, the prime minister arrived in Washington, DC, at the official invitation of President Donald Trump, carrying several files on the post-conflict, reconstruction and stabilization efforts, as well as the file of the displaced.

The prime minister discussed these files with Trump and a group of administration officials, according to government data received by Al-Mada.

The US president, according to an Iraqi government statement, welcomed the Prime Minister Abbadi, saying "continue US support for Iraq and its people in the common war of the countries against gangs and the terrorist advocate."

"The US commitment to Iraq is a comprehensive partnership based on mutual respect in light of the Iraq-US Strategic Framework Agreement, which sets the framework for cooperation in political, economic and cultural fields," the statement said.
The US president said he was keen to host Abadi in the White House as one of the first presidents of the world to "appreciate Iraq's role and support the close relationship between the American and Iraqi people and the importance of the relationship between the two governments."

During the meeting, the two leaders hailed the "level of military cooperation between Iraq and the United States in the war against Da'ash and the military campaign to liberate Mosul."

Abadi and Trump "agreed that the long-term partnership between Iraq and the United States will continue to root out terrorism in Iraq and strengthen its military and other important areas," the statement said.

The two leaders stressed "the need to cooperate with our 68 member states of the International Coalition to eliminate the oppressive, and continue to provide the United States support and training for Iraqi forces to achieve a decisive and lasting victory against terrorist gangs and the ability to reach an advanced level of capability and efficiency."

The two sides stressed the importance of strengthening the partnership between the two countries to include the political and economic fields through the joint strategic framework agreement.

"Officials in the two countries will discuss in the coming months about the steps to be taken to consolidate economic ties, encourage investment and expand cooperation in the energy sector, and seek to create new opportunities and enhance cooperation in education and culture," he said. "The United States strongly supports Iraq's partnership with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and will continue to coordinate with the Group of Seven (G7) countries to help Iraq achieve economic stability and implement the reforms it needs," he said, praising Prime Minister Haider Abadi's vision of building a strong and diversified economy. In Iraq, is able to meet all the needs of the Iraqi people. "

The US president expressed his regret over the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq in 2011, saying "we never had to withdraw."

Al-Abbadi met Trump in the presence of a seminar held by the American Institute of Peace. "The pace of American support for the Iraqi forces in their battle to recover the city of Mosul from the grip of the jihadi organization has accelerated since the Republican administration took over the reins of government," the prime minister said.

"I think that this administration wants to be more involved in the fight against terrorism, I feel a difference in terms of fighting terrorism," Abbadi said in statements by Al-Mada.

"There are efforts to stabilize the city of Mosul, but Iraq needs more support and funding," the prime minister said, adding that "the organization is still receiving funding despite its contraction, as well as some countries using terrorism in its regional conflicts." "Iraq has suffered and suffered from media platforms that support terrorism," he said.

"The defeat of terrorism is not done solely by military means," Abadi said. "There are better ways to defeat it, including a regional plan on that." "Iraq has become a new democratic country, and the reform process we are undertaking is not easy," he said.

The prime minister expressed hope that the upcoming elections would bring "new blood from officials". "For us, we have seen a administration and a president in the United States recognizing the importance of Iraq in the region, and Baghdad and Washington can cooperate to eliminate terrorism."

Abadi's visit to Washington coincided with the 14th anniversary of the start of the Iraq war in 2003. The visit came two days before a conference of foreign ministers of the 68 countries of the US-led international coalition against a supporter in Iraq and Syria.

During his stay in Washington, Abbadi welcomed the delegations of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

The two delegations reiterated, according to a statement by the Prime Minister's Office, "their support for the reform measures carried out by the government and the success of Iraq in carrying out these reforms," ​​stressing their commitment to this support.

The prime minister also received a number of US officials in the House of Representatives and Senate, and Vice President Mike Pence.