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 / Extended
Ali Abdullah - 14/01/2012 PM - 6:32 p.m.
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-level delegation 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.
Maliki said Iraq's desire to build relations 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, energy, 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.
As was 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, different, explaining that he would discuss with Iraqi officials, details the requirements and the means provided to Iraqi security forces.
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