Former prime minister says

Iraq seeks ‘comprehensive relations’ with U.S. post-International Coalition era

BAGHDAD – Iraq’s former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki told the visiting U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran affairs, Victoria Noland, that it was important for Iraq and the United States to transition to comprehensive relations following the conclusion of the International Coalition’s role.

A statement from al-Maliki media office said he hosted Taylor and the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Alina Romanowski, at his office to discuss bilateral relations and recent developments in regional and international arenas.

Tensions between Iraq and the United States have escalated in recent months due to attacks by Iraqi armed factions on U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria, as well as U.S. strikes against Iraqi militia leaders.

Al-Maliki, leader of the State of Law Coalition, highlighted the significance of bolstering bilateral relations between Baghdad and Washington and explored ways to enhance them for the benefit of both nations.

Expressing Iraq’s commitment to activating the Strategic Framework Agreement after the International Coalition’s mission ends, Al-Maliki emphasized the need for comprehensive relations in various fields. He also underscored the necessity of ending the conflict in Gaza and opening safe humanitarian corridors.

Noland reiterated the U.S.’s commitment to maintaining cooperative relations with Iraq. She stated that the United States is working to swiftly end military operations in Gaza and to pursue a political solution that upholds the legitimate rights of the Palestinians.

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