The camp's residents are classified as a terrorist organization by many countries and thus have no legal basis to remain in Iraq. No country would accept the presence of foreign insurgents on its soil, but we will work hard to find a peaceful solution that upholds the international values of human rights...

Washington Post
We stand at the threshold of a monumental juncture in the Iraqi-American relationship. A great many sacrifices by the Iraqi and the American people have enabled Iraq to discard the squalid regime of Saddam Hussein and establish a free and democratic society.

As American troops depart in accordance with the Troops Withdrawal Agreement of 2008, we begin a new chapter based, as President Obama noted, on "mutual interests and mutual respect." The decision to implement the agreement came after negotiations held with respect for each side's sovereign and political decisions.

Solidifying a durable relationship between our two countries is vital. In the coming months, we must mutually focus on economic growth as well as culture, education and the sciences. Iraq has progressed to the stage of state building. We are building more than a million homes for low-income families, and I look forward to seeing construction cranes and high-rises dotting the Baghdad skyline.

The struggle for reconstruction is no less daunting than the struggle for security. We are working to breach barriers that impede investment so this vision can become a reality. I am working diligently with our Investment Commission to ensure the rights of foreign investors and to create an environment conducive to investment.

While we have strived to put Iraq's new democracy on the right path, challenges remain. The political process and relationships between the various political parties continue to develop. Fundamental disputes still surround the political composition of the Iraqi state. I believe these can be solved by combining and expanding the powers of the provinces while adhering to the unity of the state. Disputes concerning our constitution need to be solved through political means.

A solution to the debates surrounding hydrocarbon is paramount to Iraq's economic growth. I have supported legislation, which has been sent to the Council of Representatives that would regulate this vital industry and resources commensurate with national partnership and the equitable distribution of wealth. We held three rounds of bidding last year and are preparing for a fourth.

The stability of Iraq after the withdrawal of American forces has been a major concern of both our nations. I believe in the capabilities of our security forces and in the necessity of U.S. assistance.

There are still some who seek the destruction of our country. The Baath Party, which is prohibited by the constitution, believes in coups and conspiracies; indeed, these have been its modus operandi since the party's inception. The Baathists seek to destroy Iraq's democratic process.

Hundreds of suspected Baathists recently were arrested; some of those detained have been released while others are awaiting trial. Those still in custody will receive due process and equitable treatment under Iraqi law. These detainees come from all over Iraq, and I refute characterizations that the detentions were a sectarian action based on political motives. These steps were taken to protect Iraq's democracy.

Another factor detrimental to Iraq's stability has been the actions of foreign powers. Iraq is a sovereign country. Our foreign policy is rooted in the fact that we do not interfere in the affairs of other countries; accordingly, we oppose foreign interference in Iraqi affairs.

Iraq does not aspire to unduly influence any state but looks to cooperate with all countries to help maintain regional security. Iraq will not allow itself to become a source of disruption to friendly countries.

The residents of Camp Ashraf have caused a great deal of controversy here and in the United States. I would like to see this complex issue resolved peacefully and with the help of the United Nations.

The camp's residents are classified as a terrorist organization by many countries and thus have no legal basis to remain in Iraq. No country would accept the presence of foreign insurgents on its soil, but we will work hard to find a peaceful solution that upholds the international values of human rights.

This year, the Arab Spring has brought a great deal of change to this region. Iraq rejects dictatorships and one-party governments. We hope that these movements succeed in bringing freedom and democracy to the millions who seek it and that the region achieves a newfound stability as a result. This is in the interests of not only our region but the entire world.

Iraq has experienced terrible hardship over the past several decades. Today, however, I am confident about the future of my country and the capabilities and resilience of our people. We seek comprehensive redevelopment: the creation of legislation and institutions, the strengthening of freedoms, and the reinforcement of our democracy.

We want to build a state of citizens and not sects. We want to create a healthy environment conducive to investment and provide vital services to citizens, including access to a proper education. Iraq seeks to build a strong army and security forces that have the capacity to protect our sovereignty and interests. We are able to do this with the help of the United States.

The writer is prime minister of Iraq.

New Articles

MKO-Linked Cell Busted in Western Iran

Iran’s intelligence forces disbanded a cell that had links with the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) in the western province of Lorestan.

Mojahedin Khalq terrorists are among protesters

Iran’s Rouhani Acknowledges Right To Protest, But Blasts Trump For Encouraging It

MKO terrorist leader urges spread of violence in Iran

Sources close to security bodies have said of over 500 people arrested during the disturbances in different cities in Iran, more than 80 percent have admitted receiving money and ordered...

Filthy Rule To Keep Members In The Cult Of Rajavi

You usually can’t just rescue someone from a cult. The point is that once someone is in a cult, it is very difficult for him /her to leave. This is...

Intel Vets Tell Trump Iran Is Not Top Terror Sponsor

A group of U.S. intelligence veterans urges President Trump to stop his administration’s false claims about Iran being the leading state sponsor of terrorism when U.S. allies, such as Saudi...

Most viewed

The Rise of MEK/NCRI in Washington: Pay Off The Right People and You Are No Longer A Terrorist

If you want to change a group of terrorists who have killed American overseas into something that appears to be much more benign, all you have to do is pay...

Full-time job of the MKO

It has been near two decades that the Mujahedin Khalq Organizaion (the MKO/MEK/ the PMOI/ the Cult of Rajavi) propagate its fabrications on Iran’s nuclear program and eventually Iran hawks...

What caused the decline of the cult of Rajavi?

The crucial question for many people is that why people join cults. In fact, people do not join cults. Most of the time incidentally they find themselves in a cult...

Iran Calls For Tougher EU Measures against MKO in Europe

Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli called for tougher measures against the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as the MEK, PMOI and NCRI) terrorist group by the European Union...

How the U.S. Aristocracy Made a Foreign-Policy Chump Out of Trump

Key to conquering Russia, is regime-change in all countries whose leaders are friendly toward Russia (such as was the case with Saddam Hussein, and with Muammar Gaddafi, and with Bashar al-Assad...