U.S. Welcomes Political and Diplomatic Initiatives Today in Baghdad

Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 25, 2013

The United States welcomes the meeting today in Baghdad between Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government. We strongly support the efforts by all parties to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement to increase oil exports and share revenues equitably with all Iraqis consistent with the Iraqi constitution. We further urge all parties to view the meeting today as a positive step forward and to continue their active engagement to promote prosperity for all Iraqi citizens in a manner that bolsters the stability of a unified and federal Iraq.

The United States also welcomes the important visit to Baghdad today by the Prime Minister of Jordan, Abdullah Ensour, and a number of other Jordanian Ministers, to discuss cooperation in the fields of security, energy, and trade, with particular attention to joint pipeline and railway projects. As a steadfast partner of both the Republic of Iraq and the Kingdom of Jordan, the United States is prepared to help further advance our many mutual interests in the weeks and months ahead.

PRN: 2013/1623