U.S.-Iraq Relationship Extends Beyond Security Cooperation

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 25, 2009

Today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Washington, DC.

Today’s meeting was the second of the Strategic Framework Agreement Higher Coordinating Committee, which establishes the terms of the U.S.-Iraq relationship beyond security cooperation.

She said, “I very much appreciate the positive contributions that the prime minister and his team made today. We will partner with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to host the U.S.-Iraq Business and Investment Summit in October. And we’re going to work to make sure that the investment and business climate is very attractive. There are many important issues, but let me just highlight our education exchange. I want to commend Iraq for the $2.5 million it has recently put into the Fulbright student exchange program. We’re also working on justice issues to enhance law enforcement and strengthen the judicial and corrections systems. And we are also working to assist the Iraqi Government with the return of Iraqis who left their country but now wish to return home and be part of a new Iraq.”

For a full transcript of Secretary Clinton and Prime Minister al-Maliki’s remarks click here.



Syrian P.
July 25, 2009

SNP in Syria writes:

Nuri Al Said was an Iraqi politician during the British Mandate and the monarchy. He served in various key cabinet positions, and served seven terms as prime minister of Iraq because of his loyalty to the British colonials. The names changed, but the history of Iraq is set on loop play from the foundation of time when Amen-Marduk established time in Babylon.

United States
July 25, 2009

Vee in U.S.A. writes:

I just wonder if those funds went to where she said. I would think the USA has helped those iraqis enough already.

Sergio G.
July 25, 2009

Sergio in Spain writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

As there seems to be no positive outlook for the talks between President Zelaya and the facto regime in Honduras, as a concerned Honduran, I would like to ask you to strengthen the pressure against the authors of the coup d'etat in Tegucigalpa.

Honduran business leaders are behind the coup, and have been saying that they are willing to wistand an embargo, with extreme measures, such as lowering the already low wages they pay their workers. Now, if civil war breaks out, they will all take a flight to Miami, Orlando, New Orleans and Houston, leaving the mess they have created behind.

Therefore, I would like to ask you to please order the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa to suspend the visa privileges to all the business leaders, military chiefs, congressmen and politicians who have helped orchestrate the coup, and their families, so that they will be forced to seek a peaceful solution that will avoid blood shed in Honduras.

President Zelaya has to be reinstated to restore constitutional order in Honduras, finishing his term and turning over power to the new elected president in January.

Sincerely yours,
Sergio G. Garcia
Honduran in Palma de Mallorca, Spain

July 27, 2009

Rotem in Israel writes:

I my opinion the USA government helped the iraqis enough.

Maryland, USA
July 28, 2009

Patrick in Maryland writes:


It is good to hear the Iraqi people are returning home. I hope the people there are able to build a better life for themself,and feel safe in there own country.

I also think it's nice that we are estabishing a close partnership with there country.



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