Us Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement

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Continued security gains and the growing capacity and confidence of the Iraqi government and iraqi security forces are the reasons why the United States and Iraqis have been able to negotiate these agreements. On November 17, 2008, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker signed the agreement at an official ceremony. [32] The United States and the Iraqi government have negotiated two historic agreements: a Strategic Framework Agreement (SFA) covering all of our political, economic, and security relations with Iraq, and a security agreement – also known as the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) – that implements our security relationship. Both agreements protect U.S. interests in the Middle East, help the Iraqi people fend for themselves, and strengthen Iraqi sovereignty. President of the United States George W. Bush welcomed the adoption of the agreement between the two countries. “The security agreement deals with our presence, our activities and our withdrawal from Iraq,” Bush said. He continued that “this day seemed unlikely two years ago – but the success of the wave and the courage of the Iraqi people have set the conditions for these two agreements to be negotiated and approved by the Iraqi parliament.” [38] NOTE: This link takes you to a link that is no longer linked to the documents themself.

In a letter to U.S. military personnel about new rules of engagement, General Ray Odierno said U.S. forces would reduce their visibility, but that this did not mean “reducing our fundamental ability to protect ourselves.” Odierno wrote that U.S. forces “will coordinate operations with the agreement of the Indian government (Iraqi government), and we will conduct all operations of, with and by Iraqi security forces. Despite some adjustments in the way we conduct operations, the agreement simply reinforces the transitions that are already underway and I want to stress that our general principles remain the same,” he wrote. [41] With respect to the Security Partnership, the two countries acknowledged that the United States will continue, in the coming months, to eliminate the threat of ISIS and discuss with the Iraqi government the status of the remaining forces, with both countries focusing on developing bilateral security relations based on strong mutual interests. The United States reaffirmed that it does not aim for or request permanent bases or a permanent military presence in Iraq, as agreed by the 2008 SAA, which provides for security cooperation on the basis of mutual agreement. The Government of Iraq is committed to protecting the military personnel of the International Coalition and the Iraqi facilities hosting them, in accordance with international law and the specific arrangements adopted by the two countries for their presence. “All strategic issues between our two countries will be on the agenda, including the future presence of U.S. forces in this country and how best to support an independent and sovereign Iraq,” U.S.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a news conference late Tuesday.

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