The text of the interview follows:
Azzaman: What is the nature of your job in Iraq?
Bednarek: I am the senior adviser to the US government in the defense sector, and we have many missions designed to assist Iraq in the security and defense sector through the Defense and Interior ministries and the national security establishments. In addition, we are laying the foundations for an ongoing US-Iraqi diplomatic effort and promoting security cooperation. At this stage, our objective is to manage the sales of arms to Iraq, in order to strengthen the country’s capabilities to preserve its sovereignty and independence. This includes joint security efforts, professional development and military education. We are also working together to develop a strategy for a lasting peace in Iraq.
Azzaman: How do you follow up on the developments in Iraq?