U.S. Em­bassy Wel­comes COM Meet­ing in Er­bil

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

We wel­come the con­ven­ing to­day in Er­bil of Iraq's Coun­cil of Min­is­ters and as­so­ci­ated meet­ings, in­clud­ing be­tween Prime Min­is­ter Nouri al-Ma­liki and KRG Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani. Com­ing af­ter the unity meet­ing hosted last week by Sayyed Am­mar al-Hakim, this is another sign that Iraqi lead­ers are com­mit­ted to strength­en­ing their state un­der the Iraqi Con­sti­tu­tion and iso­lat­ing the ter­ror­ists and crim­i­nal groups who seek to sow sec­tar­ian strife. We look for­ward in the com­ing weeks to elec­tions in An­bar and Ninewa prov­inces and to the Par­lia­ment re­turn­ing to ses­sion, where Iraqi lead­ers have pledged to ad­dress pend­ing leg­is­la­tion. Af­ter the rise in vi­o­lence last month per­pe­trated by ter­ror­ist groups in­clud­ing al Qaeda in Iraq, we are en­cour­aged by the vis­i­ble com­mit­ment by Iraq's po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship to a united, fed­eral, and demo­cratic Iraq. The United States will re­main ac­tively en­gaged with the Gov­ern­ment of Iraq and the peo­ple it serves to ad­vance our mu­tual in­ter­ests as de­fined in the Strate­gic Frame­work Agree­ment, in­clud­ing a com­mit­ment to demo­cratic prin­ci­ples as de­fined in the Iraqi Con­sti­tu­tion.

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