"A Milestone in the Emergence of the New Iraq"

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
November 12, 2010
Iraqi Lawmakers Attend Parliament Session in Baghdad

Today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton issued a statement on the Iraqi government coalition agreement. The Secretary said:

"Iraq's political leaders have worked together to agree on an inclusive government that represents the will of the Iraqi people and moves their country forward. Today's coalition decision is a milestone in the emergence of the new Iraq and it is a testament to the determination of the Iraqi people to build their own democracy, a goal only they can achieve.

"This agreement ensures meaningful representation for the election winners, encompassing all of Iraq's ethnic and sectarian communities. It also includes critical provisions for power-sharing and other reforms, including revisions to the to the de-Ba'athification process. In addition, Iraqi leaders have agreed to establish a National Council on Strategic Policies. This important body will serve as a steering group in the areas of defense policy, foreign affairs, economic policy, and other strategic issues.

"It is now up to this government to deliver on an inclusive, comprehensive agenda that serves all Iraqis and strengthens the country as a whole.

"As Iraqis continue their progress, they will have a committed and consistent partner in the United States. Our relationship is rooted in mutual respect and mutual interest. We look forward to expanding our cooperation under the Strategic Framework Agreement and together pursuing our shared goal of building a long-term, multidimensional relationship between our two nations that contributes to growing peace and prosperity in Iraq and security and stability in the Middle East."

You can also read the Secretary's statement on www.state.gov.



Eric B.
Virginia, USA
December 2, 2010

Eric B. in Virginia writes:

This is very good news and since this initial government coalition announcement, Iraqi leaders have taken a few more steps forward in forming their new government. Chiefly, Nouri al-Maliki’s nomination as Prime Minister on Thanksgiving starts the 30 day clock to form his cabinet and then be officially sworn in for his second term.

However, success in these final steps is not a fait accompli as the fragile coalition could still fracture over key ministries and the National Council on Strategic Policies that Secretary Clinton discusses in her statement.

Now more than ever, it is critical that we continue to support the State Department’s efforts to help the Iraqi people build the institutions and cultivate the norms of representative government. As a military officer who recently returned from a year assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, I was very impressed with the dedication and abilities of America’s diplomats. I am confident they can continue to help the Iraqis move forward, but this can only be accomplished by continued prioritization of Iraq by our citizens and their government.

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.


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