By John Lee.
The US government has said it will allow the Iraqi government to postpone the payment of $2.7 billion for arms purchases.
On a visit to Baghdad, US Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk (pictured) met with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Speaker of Parliament Saleem al-Jibouri, and the governors of Diyala, Salah ad-Din, Ninewa and Anbar provinces, along with other Iraqi leaders to discuss the International Coalition’s support for Iraq’s ongoing operations to defeat Da’esh.
He commended Iraqi forces for their courage, bravery, and recent successes in Anbar and Salah ad-Din provinces. Mr. McGurk underscored that the United States and the Coalition is prepared to increase support to the Iraqi governments we work together to accelerate Daesh’s defeat.
In all his meetings, including with UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Iraq Jan Kubiš, Mr. McGurk stressed the United States’ commitment to supporting post-conflict stabilization in newly liberated areas, facilitating humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons and refugees, and promoting the safe, voluntary return of displaced persons to their homes.
Meetings also addressed Iraq’s economic challenges, and ways the U.S. is prepared to help address them, under our Strategic Framework Agreement with Iraq. This includes deferring payment on $2.7 billion in U.S. security equipment to ensure Iraqi forces are able to accelerate operations over the coming months.
(Source: Embassy of the United States)