The parties confirmed their mutual intention to continue bilateral cooperation and coordination of actions in the field of security.
Baghdad and Washington will agree on the timing of the withdrawal of US combat troops from Iraq at technical talks to be held later. This is stated in a joint US-Iraqi written statement released on Wednesday following the results of a new round of negotiations.
The consultations were held in the format of a video conference. The national delegations were led by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein.
“Due to the growing capacity of the Iraqi security forces, the parties confirmed that the task of the US and coalition forces is now to train and instruct, which allows the withdrawal of any remaining combat units from Iraq. The timing [of this] will be determined in the upcoming technical negotiations,” the statement said. Its text was distributed by the press service of the US State Department.
The document also states that “the Government of Iraq has reaffirmed its commitment to protecting the personnel, convoys and diplomatic facilities of the global coalition.” “Also, the parties stressed that the bases where the US and coalition personnel are located are exclusively Iraqi and that such a [foreign military] presence only serves to support Iraq’s efforts in the fight against IS [the Islamic State terrorist group banned in the Russian Federation],” the joint statement reads.