Minister for Foreign Affairs welcomes President Obama’s announcement of the Review of US Policy in Iraq

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Micheál Martin, T.D., welcomed the announcement today by President Obama of his Administration’s review of US Policy in Iraq, including the substantial reduction in troop numbers by 31 August 2010.

The Minister said:  “This early elaboration of US policy, coming on foot of the commitments made in the US-Iraq Security Agreement, provides a welcome indication of the new Administration’s commitment to move forward with a responsible withdrawal of troops in Iraq.  This is coupled with the reassurance that the necessary supports, security and otherwise, will continue to be provided to the people of Iraq over the transitional period ahead, including during the forthcoming elections.”

The Minister also welcomed the US Administration’s continuing work with the Iraqi Government, as it addresses the challenges of rebuilding the political and administrative structures within Iraq and its relations within the region, with a view to securing long term peace and stability.

“We have long looked forward to the day when the Iraqi authorities would be able to provide for the security of their people without outside assistance. President Obama’s welcome announcement today shows that we are coming much closer to that point”, the Minister said.

Press Section
Department of Foreign Affairs
27 February 2009

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