By: management of the Centre
On: Friday 02/10/2012 16:04
Reported that the United States decided to reduce the number of employees at its embassy in Baghdad, the largest in the world, by half, in order to cut costs after it withdrew its forces from Iraq formally.
The New York Times quoted U.S., citing an unnamed source name that Washington intends to make the number of employees at its embassy in Baghdad, eight thousand, rather than planned is 16,000 people, most of them contractors.
To a decline in U.S. influence in Iraq as well as the level of security and prosperity of life for Americans working in Iraq after the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops in late last year, 2011.
The spokeswoman declined to name the U.S. State Department Victoria Nuland to comment on the information reported by The New York Times, but emphasized that the United States seeks to use "appropriate number" of staff to run the massive U.S. embassy in Baghdad.
Said Noland told reporters: "I believe that Sesostris in Baghdad is" the embassy was built to serve the goals they are required at a different time, and was run based on many of the contracts that serve a wide range of purposes, some of it relates to matters of elapsed time, and some of the matters of security. "
U.S. official went on, saying, "We believe that we can adapt to suit the conditions of the Embassy of Iraq today and meet our needs diplomatic equally efficient, but as far greater than the cost savings."
She explained that the United States would seek to run a larger number of Iraqis in its embassy in Baghdad and the reliance on a smaller number of contractors who charge exorbitant fees. "
This step involves a major change in the style of the work of the U.S. State Department in Iraq.
The American ambassador in Baghdad James Jeffrey, had announced less than a year ago, Washington's resolve to increase the number of employees at the embassy in preparation for the departure of U.S. combat troops from Iraq as well as to try to address the growing Iranian influence there.
U.S. President Barack Obama to withdraw all combat troops from Iraq, but he maintained the small forces for the purposes of technical support and training Iraqi forces.
The New York Times reported that in the wake of the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq, U.S. officials noted that there is a delay may have been deliberate to give them visas to Iraq as well as slow in arranging interviews with Iraqi officials.
The paper adds that U.S. diplomats are now living at a temperature of less than a sense of security after the departure of U.S. forces, the embassy also suffer from a severe shortage of some materials such as sugar, coffee, and employees were forced to rationalize their consumption of chicken wings upon which many in their food.
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