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Statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Formation of the New Iraqi Government

December 21, 2010

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY CLINTON

Announcement of New Iraqi Government

I congratulate Iraq’s political leaders on forming a new, inclusive government that respects the will of the Iraqi people, reflects the nation’s diversity, and demonstrates a commitment to democratic ideals. This government is a testament to the desire of Iraqis to settle their differences through free debate and an open exchange of ideas. Iraq’s leaders must now take the next steps to tackle the many important challenges still facing their nation and realize a brighter future for all Iraqis.

The United States will continue working with our Iraqi partners at each stage to build a strong, long-lasting relationship between our countries that promotes security and prosperity in Iraq, and stability throughout the region. Our partnership is founded on mutual respect and mutual interest as we work to achieve shared goals. With the new government in place, we look forward to expanding our economic and security relationship, promoting cooperation on science, education, and health, strengthening the rule of law and transparent governance, deepening our cultural exchanges, and improving our partnership in all the areas laid out in our Strategic Framework Agreement. We will also continue helping Iraq take up its increasing role as a constructive member of the international community.

The formation of this government is a milestone in the emergence of the new Iraq. It constitutes a resounding rejection of the extremists who sought to derail the democratic process and sow discord among Iraqis. Iraq is a great nation with a promising future, and we will stand shoulder to shoulder with the new government to help our Iraqi friends build on what they have already achieved.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve permalink
    December 21, 2010 3:56 pm

    Thanks for posting Stacy, glad to see you back.

    See, you were gone for not even 24 hours and we didn’t know what to do without our Hillary fix. Oh, and our Stacy fix!😉

  2. SirJohn permalink
    December 21, 2010 4:15 pm

    Sorry stacey- all the while the WH and State Dept. have been saying settlements should stop, a newly released wiki cable that the US media (or should I call it the Israeli media?) has ignored in favor of obsessing over Iran, shows that the US made a “secret” deal with Israel to continue settlements under the guise of natural growth. Read it and weep:

    http://213.251.145.96/cable/2009/06/09PARIS827.html

    This administration is a joke. Seriously. I don’t know how you can keep acting as an apologist for them stacey while still holding true to your values.

    So long as the media ignores this stuff Americans will never know the truth. Now lets ask ourselves, why does the US media play defense Israel? Gee, I wonder! I know it ain’t politically correct but we all know the answer.

    • PYW permalink
      December 22, 2010 1:59 pm

      Actually, stacy is far from an apologist for the administration. And she’s been pretty critical of our less-than-even-handed approach to Middle East peace.

  3. Diane permalink
    December 21, 2010 4:55 pm

    Stacy’s not gonna talk to you, you jackbutt.🙂

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