The U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue, starting from Jun 11, is likely to last months and will address issues including how the United States can help Iraq gain access to international financial support and whether Baghdad can be persuaded to reduce its reliance on Iran for gas and electricity.
Travel restrictions caused by the novel coronavirus forced Thursday's Dialogue to trade a planned two day-long meeting for a two-hour Zoom call instead. Discussions on the substantive issues also are ongoing outside of the highly choreographed, formal discussions.
'The main principle in these dialogues is to put Iraqi sovereignty first,' said Mustafa al-Kadhimi, the new Iraq Prime Minister. 'We don't want Iraq to become a conflict arena. We want Baghdad to be a city of peace.'
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