Leaders hold talks in Baghdad

Iraqi officials discuss future of Coalition Forces in the country

BAGHDAD, August 23 — Iraq’s four presidential councils met at the Judicial Council in Baghdad on Wednesday to discuss the future of the Coalition Forces’ presence in the country, as well as bilateral security cooperation in accordance with constitutional and legal frameworks.

A statement from the judiciary said:

Chief Justice Faiq Zaidan hosted the meeting of the presidential councils on Wednesday, August 23, 2023. The meeting included His Excellency President Dr. Abdul Latif Jamil Rashid, Prime Minister Mr. Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani, and Speaker of Parliament Mr. Mohammed Al-Halbousi. They discussed the legal aspects of several important issues in the country.

The meeting reviewed the legal aspects of the security dialogue between Iraq and the United States, regarding the future of the Coalition Forces’ presence and bilateral security cooperation in line with constitutional and legal frameworks. They also addressed the progress in implementing the government’s agenda, sustainable development, infrastructure and service development, and improving citizen services provided by executive bodies.

The meeting also addressed legal procedures in the security dossier, ways to enhance the security of Iraq’s borders, and the development of the security forces responsible for protecting them. This includes protecting the regions and residents near the borders from any attacks or military actions. Additionally, they discussed efforts made by our armed forces in various branches to pursue the remnants of terrorism and establish security and stability throughout our country.

The participants emphasized the importance of full cooperation between authorities in the fight against corruption and supporting governmental and judicial measures in this regard. Legislative proposals and laws presented to the Parliament were also discussed, seeking the judiciary’s input on laws containing judicial procedures.

During the meeting, regional and international relations of Iraq were discussed, emphasizing the significance of constructive mutual visits with sisterly and friendly countries. They stressed the importance of utilizing the outcomes of these visits for the benefit of Iraq.