The State Department pointed out: “The bases where the U.S. and allied forces exist are facilities in Iraq. They exist only to support Iraq’s efforts to combat the Islamic State.”
Madrid (EUROPA PRESS)-Washington and Baghdad reached an agreement on Wednesday that there will be no foreign bases on Iraqi territory and “only” will receive American soldiers and the League of Nations to help them fight the Islamic State.
The US State Department said at the third meeting between the two countries to resolve the situation: “The bases where the United States and allied forces exist are Iraq’s facilities. They exist only to support Iraq’s efforts to combat the Islamic State.” In Iraq. .
Washington pointed out that the presence of the United States in Iraq is the result of the Iraqi government “inviting” its “security forces” to attack the terrorist organization and “concentrating on training and consulting tasks.”
Iraqi national security adviser Qasim al Araji (Qasim al Araji) assured that the United States has “committed” to “withdraw” a large number of its troops.
Since the first round of these dialogues began in June 2020, this is the third meeting between the two countries to define the status of the U.S. military in Iraq and the status of the withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq.
At the second meeting of these meetings held at the White House by then-U.S. President Donald Trump in August last year, he promised that the presence of international coalition forces would be completely withdrawn from Iraq within the next three years.
On May 5, the Iraqi parliament passed the plan to expel foreign troops from its territory by a majority vote and reviewed its international cooperation policy two days before the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimaní at Baghdad Airport.
The State Council concluded in the statement: “The two countries reaffirmed the importance of strategic relations and are determined to continue to take measures to improve strategic relations in order to realize the interests of both parties and achieve security, stability and prosperity in the region.” Other issues were also mentioned. , Such as the fight against the coronavirus, the improvement of social freedom in Iraq or the reform of the energy sector.