A joint statement by Baghdad and Washington was issued recently during American President George Bush’s visit to Iraq, announcing the signing of the Security Agreement between the two countries.
Before the joint statement was issued, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki said in a joint press conference: “President George Bush had a central role in making this Agreement a success, and today we are on the verge of obtaining a decision from the UN Security Council confirming that Iraq is not a danger to other countries, in addition to a decision on the protection of Iraq’s financial deposits in foreign banks.”
Prime Minister Maliki added: “Now that the Iraqi political forces in the Council of Representatives have taken the final decision to sign the Agreement for the withdrawal of foreign forces from Iraq, we are now occupied with forming special committees to implement the provisions of the Agreement in terms of its military, economic, cultural, and scientific aspects.”
Al-Maliki said that “this visit comes after the signing of the Agreement, which is considered the fundamental basis for building advanced relations between the two countries in all areas.”
Al-Maliki said that Iraq represents the paradigm case how to fight terrorism, as it has achieved success in confronting it. Maliki hopes that the world will confront scourge wherever it is found.
Al-Maliki indicated that Iraq has restored its status on the level of politics and security, and is on the path toward economic and infrastructural development and the restoration of the position that it lost under Saddam Hussein’s former regime.
For his part, President Bush announced that the Security Agreement between the two countries will serve the purpose of strengthening their friendly relationship and their cooperation on the political, security, and economic levels.
Bush said that the Security Agreement will make Iraq and the United States work together for the sake of greater stability in Iraq and the region, and will advance commercial trade between the two countries.
Bush indicated that two years ago Iraq would never have imagined that this Agreement would be possible. He addressed Al-Maliki by saying: “With our determination, Mr. Prime Minister, we have achieved something great, and we did not permit Iraq to slide toward civil war. Together, we have achieved success and reduced the violence, and Al-Qaeda no longer has a safe haven in Iraq.”
Bush and Al-Maliki signed a joint statement that will set in motion at the beginning of next year both the Security Agreement for the withdrawal of foreign forces from Iraq and the Security Agreement.
The statement, of which Mawtani obtained a copy, said “The United States of America and the Republic of Iraq acknowledge the importance of strengthening security and stability in Iraq, as they also recognize the desire of the two countries to establish a long-term cooperative relationship. Taking into account the important and positive developments Iraqi has undergone, they also are committed to supporting a democratic and unified Iraq, and the construction of a diversified and progressive economic system that will secure the integration of Iraq into world community.”
The statement indicated that the two sides reaffirmed the American commitment to exert the utmost effort to help Iraq take the necessary stems to restore its legal and international status to what it had been before sanctions were imposed on Iraq under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, after the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 661 (1990).
Both sides acknowledge the great success they have achieved in bringing about security and fighting terrorism. They also reaffirmed their relationship on the economic, diplomatic, cultural, and other levels, and in strengthening and growing democracy in Iraq and providing peace and prosperity to the Iraqi people. This relationship will reinforce security and economic development in Iraq and the other countries of the region.
By virtue of that, the United States and Iraq have decided to exchange diplomatic notes to confirm that each side has concluded taking the constitutional measures necessary to pave the way for the two agreements to go into effect, both the Security Agreement on the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq and the organization of US forces’ activity there, and the Security Agreement on a friendly cooperative relationship between the two countries.
The Security Agreement will be of great importance for Iraq over the next three years, as it will help preserve the democratic system Iraq and ensure the buildup of Iraqi forces that will be capable of confronting future security challenges.