Iraq and US Reaffirm Strategic Partnership

The United States praised Iraqi efforts to resolve Chapter VII issues regarding its relationship with Kuwait, in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 833. The United States is committed to working with both Iraq and Kuwait to resolve remaining Chapter VII issues.

The two sides discussed Iraq’s plans for its next provincial and national elections scheduled for 2013 and 2014. The United States pledged to assist Iraqi implementation of this next essential step in the development of Iraq’s democracy.

The United States and Iraq discussed the ongoing process of repatriating archives and documents which are part of the patrimony of the Iraqi people.

The United States praised Iraq’s recent decision to sign the Additional Protocol to the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Finally, the United States and Iraq agreed to explore options for expanded consultation between Department of State and Ministry of Foreign Affairs personnel, potentially to include joint training, professional exchanges, and more frequent policy planning discussions.

The United States and the Republic of Iraq committed to convene the Political and Diplomatic JCC quarterly over the coming year.

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