7/20/2011 1:32 PM
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has denied the existence of any plan to extend the U.S.
troops' presence in Iraq, despite the Iraqi Army not being entirely prepared to protect the country's borders, a Presidencial statement announced on Wednesday.
“The extension of the American-Iraqi Agreement is not possible, because such an extension necessitates the approval by two-thirds of the Parliament members.
This will not be achieved,” the statement quoted Talabani as saying in an interview with the Chinese Central Television (CCTV).
“The Iraqi military commands of the air-force, the navy, the army and the ground forces, have raised reports confirming the inability to protect the Iraqi borders after the withdrawal of the American forces,” he said.
He pointed to the “necessity of the existence of some American Trainers in Iraq, despite the fact that the presence of the American forces in their current manner is something that is opposed by the political forces in Iraq.”
President Talabani, in his interview, spoke about the nature of the political system in Iraq, saying that “Iraq’s nature and components of nationalities, religions and sectarian components necessitate a democratic federal system, but this issue is left for the will of the people and the voters.”
Commenting on relations with China, Talabani said, “There exists no obstacle in expanding relations between Iraq and China and to develop them on all material, social and political aspects.
The Iraqi leadership has a great wish to strengthen those relations, and I have a feeling that the Chinese Leadership possesses a similar wish to strengthen relations with Iraq.”
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