According to a joint statement by the governments of both countries, the United States announced on Thursday that it would further reduce its military presence in Iraq.
Troop reduction is due to “significant progress” in “eliminating the Islamic State threat”. According to the text, Washington will also discuss the situation of the remaining armed forces with Baghdad, as the two countries are developing a “bilateral security relationship” based on “strong mutual interests”.
The United States has reaffirmed to Iraq that it “does not seek or seek permanent bases and military presence in Iraq,” as agreed in the 2008 Armed Forces Agreement, which provides for security cooperation to be carried out in a country based on mutual understanding and the principles of which both countries reaffirmed this Thursday.
Iraq has also pledged to protect military personnel from the International Coalition and the Iraqi institutions in which it is based, in accordance with international law and the specific arrangements for their presence. The text continued.