Sunday-29 Jan 2012
U.S. ambassador in Baghdad James Jeffrey
Baghdad - the world
U.S. Ambassador in Iraq, his country's desire to adopt the oil law "liberal" in the country, because it would attract investors and confirmed that he is afraid of the scenario of the division of Iraq.
The U.S. Ambassador James Jeffrey, in an interview with the newspaper (Gulf News) UAE's English-speaking yesterday Friday, his belief that Iraq is the most democratic in the Middle East, revealing that Baghdad has given his assurances on the use of American weapons for the purpose of defending the country against external threats , not in internal conflicts.
And the position of the United States to block the enactment of the oil and gas for years, said the American Ambassador, "We believe that this is very important for two reasons in order to move forward toward this law, and the United States to defend this since 2007. First and foremost we need a law to liberal shows many of the issues that are open to investors and foreign companies to be able to come to Iraq and the development of the oil sector. Secondly, this is a matter of dispute between the central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government, and we prefer that there be a better political relations between both axes of Iraq. We think it may be a good solution to this the matter. "
Asked if the United States will be sponsoring the political process in Iraq, or is it left to the various political blocs to deal with it, said Jeffrey that "Iraq is a sovereign democracy. And the United States to respect that and we have relations with Iraq in support of the political process in accordance with the strategic framework agreement, and in Under this understanding, we offer specific programs to support the elections, but beyond that we do not have the role because we are people outside the democratic process and our role is to monitor, and if requested, we have seen, we felt we give. "
With regard to what took place in the meeting, General David Petraeus and Gen. Ray Odierno, with the leaders of the Iraqi List, at the start of the political crisis in Iraq after the withdrawal of the U.S. military, said Jeffrey that "General Petraeus is the head of the CIA, and Gen. Ray Odierno is the commander of the Army Staff, as part of regular contacts in the region they are visiting Iraq or any other country in the region. did not read anything special in their visit here. "
As if he thought that the U.S. arms sales to Iraq and training troops, which will cost $ 11 billion, should be conditional on the commitment of Iraq to resolve internal differences, Re Jeffrey B "First of all, when we provide weapons, we we provide guarantees that they will be used for purposes the occasion. and the weapons given to Iraqis, not for internal security, but should be used in defense of their borders and, ultimately, to defend them from their airspace, and this is something needed by any sovereign country, Iraq currently does not possess. so this is important for the Iraqis as nothing to do with never political conflicts. "
And on the statement of the point of view to provide the Iraqis and the Americans made great sacrifices to rid Iraq of Saddam and his regime, and may seem meaningless, at the time struggling much of the region for the establishment of democratic systems, the Jeffrey expressed his belief that "Iraq remains the country's most democratic in the Middle East. It is clear that he faces very severe problems now, which is the center of political controversy very difficult, and we hope he will be able to get out of it. We continue to support Iraq as a democratic and federal unified. "
And on his comment on what Senator John McCain in the "face of the nation," which he screen TV (CBS), that there is "decadence and clear is happening now in Iraq, may eventually lead to the partition of the country in 3 countries as diverse," he went Ambassador American in Baghdad that "Senator McCain, an expert on Iraqi affairs, which comes to Iraq a lot, and we are consulting with him periodically, and his views are taken seriously, but they remain opinions. again that we have seen is that in a time when the country's political situation serious so at the present time, it will remain united; our hope is to remain united, and we expected is that it will remain so. "
The paper asked Jeffrey to express his opinion the health of what U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, earlier, for a program on channel "CBS" itself, that the Iraqi forces are capable of dealing with security threats and that "our people can be secure in what .. . they're doing there, "in light of the escalation of violence and explosions daily in Baghdad, said:" Sorry indeed to these attacks and our condolences to the families of the victims, but the observations of Minister Panetta was absolutely correct. may look at the stats attacks and injuries now. in general over the past four or five the last we see that the violence continues to decline in the rates. and Iraq today, more secure than the previous two years, even more secure than the previous year. "
Jeffrey refused to link the political crisis in Iraq and the escalation of terrorist attacks, and stressed by saying "I disagree with this. Attacks are not the result of the political crisis that is being planned months before; and plans are carefully placed in the hands of Al Qaeda."