Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

2014-07-11 21:47 AFRICA NEWS

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Finally, a good use for new app "Yo"

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014

Read more

REPORTERS

Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

Read more

#THE 51%

Sweden: A Feminist's Paradise?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Politics: parties under pressure

Read more

FOCUS

In Burma, the rise of radical Buddhism

Read more

ENCORE!

Haute Couture: the hand-stitched clothing made in Paris that sells for the price of small yachts

Read more

  • Amazon snubs French free delivery ban with one-cent charge

    Read more

  • Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

    Read more

  • Netanyahu resists international pressure to stop air strikes on Gaza

    Read more

  • Magnitude 6.8 quake, small tsunami hit east Japan

    Read more

  • The third-place playoff: the World Cup game no one wants to play

    Read more

  • Suspect in Brussels Jewish Museum shooting drops extradition appeal

    Read more

  • Kurdish forces take over two oilfields in northern Iraq

    Read more

  • Are French high school students getting smarter?

    Read more

  • Italy’s Trentin wins seventh stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • Disgraced Suarez leaves Liverpool for Barcelona

    Read more

  • In pictures: Chanel, Dior and so much more at the Paris couture shows

    Read more

  • French ‘Civic Service’ eyes massive expansion amid huge demand

    Read more

  • In Pictures: Petrol station hit by Hamas rockets

    Read more

  • Manhunt as FIFA partner flees Rio hotel to avoid arrest

    Read more

  • Video: Palestinians fear full Israeli military offensive in Gaza

    Read more

Iraq expects response on troop deal after US election

©

Text by REUTERS

Latest update : 2008-11-03

An Iraqi government spokesman said they are expecting a US response to proposed changes in a stalled security agreement after the US presidential election on November 4.

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi government expects a U.S. response to proposed changes in a security agreement only after Tuesday's presidential election in the United States, a senior official said on Sunday.

 

"I think the American response on the pact will take some time because they are busy with the elections. I do not expect them to get back to us before Nov. 4," government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said.

 

The war in Iraq has taken a backseat to the economy as Americans prepare to choose on Tuesday between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain. But the future of the 150,000 U.S. troops in Iraq hangs in the balance as U.S. and Iraqi officials struggle to conclude the pact, which would govern the U.S. troop presence after a U.N. mandate expires at year's end.

 

Both countries are under pressure to conclude the agreement, which would allow U.S. troops to stay in Iraq through 2011, and avoid the politically unpalatable alternative of seeking another extension to the U.N. mandate.

 

Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said on Saturday that he was expecting U.S. officials to respond within days to Iraq's proposals to amend the pact.

 

After months of negotiations, the deal appeared close to complete until Iraqi officials requested amendments including greater Iraqi legal jurisdiction over U.S. troops and guarantees that U.S. troops would not launch attacks into other countries.

 

The last point took on greater importance for Iraq following a U.S. raid last week into Syria close to the Iraqi border.

 

Some of Iraq's neighbours, such as Iran, oppose the U.S. security pact, a fact that has made embracing the pact a difficult proposition for Iraqi politicians close to Tehran.

 

After the content of a deal is finalized by both Washington and Baghdad, it must also be backed by the Iraqi parliament.


Dabbagh said that he was hopeful the pact would go ahead if the United States approved the amendments.


 

Date created : 2008-11-02

Comments

COMMENT(S)