Washington, DC (STL.News) The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq.
The delegation of the Republic of Iraq, led by Dr. Fuad Hussein, Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the delegation of the United States Government, led by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, co-chaired a meeting of the Higher Coordinating Committee via video teleconference today, in accordance with the 2008 Strategic Framework Agreement for a Relationship of Friendship and Cooperation between the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq. The two sides reaffirmed their strong bilateral relationship, which benefits the American and Iraqi people. The discussions covered security and counterterrorism, economics and energy and the environment, political issues, and cultural relations. The Iraqi delegation also included representatives of the Kurdistan Regional Government.
The two delegations reaffirmed the principles agreed upon by the two countries in the Strategic Framework Agreement (SFA). The United States reaffirmed its respect for Iraq’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and relevant decisions of the Iraqi legislative and executive authorities.
Recognizing the difficulties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting global economic downturn, the United States and Iraq reaffirmed their strong economic partnership.