March 6th, 2008 01:53 EST
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister insists upon meeting obligations at historic conference
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister insists upon meeting obligations at historic conference in northern Iraq
TIKRIT, Iraq – As part of the ongoing United and Strong conferences, the Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister and the major Government of Iraq ministers met with Provincial leaders from the seven Northern Provinces to discuss the challenges of provincial reconstruction, economics and essential services near Tikrit March 5.
The day’s events were part of the United and Strong Conference series designed to bring Iraqi provincial and national government leaders together to improve cooperation and discuss issues in the interest of all Iraqis.
The issues spanned investments, banking, oil, displaced persons, agriculture, and several other issues pertaining to Iraqi transition and rebuilding.
The Deputy PM said the GoI will study the issues and take swift action where appropriate. He insisted the provinces must meet their obligations, as well, such as spending the budgets they have already received, and the GoI would send more as long as it directly benefits Iraqi citizens.
“This kind of meeting will confirm our friendship; it is important to rebuild our country as we defeat the terrorists. For one Iraqi Government, one united Iraq,” said Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih. “We want to hear your issues; we confirm that we will meet again and work together to overcome issues to better serve the people of our country.”
“Many have paid a great price for this opportunity. In their names and in their memories, we must focus on this time and place. You have an obligation to take this opportunity to work toward sustained security and prosperity,” said Ambassador Ryan Crocker, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq. “You have a great partner in the United States of America.”
The event was also attended by the provincial governors for Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa, Salah Ah Din, provincial deputy of police, Iraqi Army commanders, Coalition Forces and the three Kurdish Regional governors.
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