Minister of Foreign Affairs Fouad Hussein held a meeting with his American counterpart Anthony Blinken in Washington.

A Foreign Ministry statement said today that Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein held a meeting with his American counterpart Anthony Blinken as part of the fourth round of strategic dialogue in Washington, DC, and the two sides discussed the importance of continuing to strengthen bilateral relations at all levels. They also exchanged views on the latest developments in the region, and the importance of intensifying consultations on Regional issues and challenges to their stability.

The Minister expressed Baghdad’s aspiration to support and strengthen bilateral relations with Washington in a way that reflects its strategy, stressing the need for cooperation to achieve the common interests of the two friendly peoples.

The two Ministers also reviewed the strategic dialogue and reaffirmed the principles agreed upon by the two sides in the Strategic Framework Agreement.

For his part, the US Secretary of State stated that the United States is committed to assisting Iraq and ensuring the security of the elections, praising the reference of the Authority, Ali al-Sistani, to the need for international oversight, and the Security Council resolution, pointing to work with Congress to allocate five hundred million dollars to assist the Electoral Commission, provide training and advice, and encourage Iraqis broad participation in the upcoming elections.

Blinken expressed his support for Iraq’s efforts to combat corruption and economic reform, and that the United States remains committed to helping the government of Iraq achieve a secure and prosperous future

Source: National Iraqi News Agency