Remarks With Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari Before Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
July 16, 2009

Date: 07/15/2009 Location: Washington, DC Description: Secretary Cllinton with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari in the Treaty Room, U.S. Department of State. © State Dept Image by Michael Gross

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, today, I am welcoming Minister Zebari, foreign minister of Iraq, someone whom I have gotten to know, who I had a very excellent exchange of ideas with when I was in Iraq, and I’m looking forward to continuing that today. We are working closely together to support a stable, sovereign, and self-reliant Iraq. And we see so much progress occurring. We also want to work with Iraq to expand its relationships in the region, to ensure that its neighbors are once again working with and supporting Iraq’s journey that is so important for the Iraqi people to the destination of a better future.


And I know that the foreign minister – Prime Minister Maliki who was recently in Turkey, Minister Zebari, who just came from New York, are looking for the kind of support that comes not just from diplomats, but from business and investment people who see a real future as well in Iraq.


So we have a full plate. We’re going to be discussing a broad range of issues and preparing for Prime Minister Maliki’s visit in a week.


FOREIGN MINISTER ZEBARI: Thank you, Madame Secretary. I’m very pleased and honored to see you again, wish you well again --




FOREIGN MINISTER ZEBARI: -- and very pleased that you are recovering.



FOREIGN MINISTER ZEBARI: And in fact, we are here to have talks with the Secretary of State on Iraq-U.S. relationship that have been embedded in blood and sacrifices. And after the SOFA agreement or the agreement of withdrawal of troops, the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraqi cities, that was the first clear message and indicator that the United States is sincere in implementing its part of the bargain that we have reached.


In fact, Iraq is moving forward its recovery, both internally and regionally. We have expanded our relation with the Arab countries, with our neighbors, with the world. And we are working now on how to get our country exiting Chapter 7 regulation, something we need the United States support and the member of the permanent Security Councils. And I have a number of issue to discuss with the Secretary on where – how Iraq is progressing.






SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you. Thank you very much.

PRN: 2009/744