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SPE McGurk affirms US support to Iraqi presidential election

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Brett McGurk, U.S. envoy for the global coalition against IS – AP Photo/Susan Walsh
The U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat the Islamic State, Brett McGurk, anticipated on Wednesday that leaders of Iraq’s political parties “will participate actively and resolve the issues of the formation of the new government during the upcoming days.

McGurk added during his meeting with Secretary of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Politburo, Mala Bakhtyar, in Sulaimani, “We are very confident that the Iraqi government is moving forward to a strong, sovereign, new government in Baghdad.”

The U.S. envoy also added that during a meeting with Bakhtyar, developments and issues of the formation of a new Iraqi cabinet were discussed

“We are very confident that the Iraqi government is moving forward to a strong, sovereign, new government in Baghdad. We are very confident that Iraqi friends and partners will get together and make other decisions to stick to the constitutional timeline to forming a new government,” he said.

He also noted that the aforementioned decisions are for the Iraqis, Iraqi political leadership, and the leadership in the Kurdistan Region.

“The Iraqis will form a new government in the legally mandated period,” McGurk added.

Moreover, he affirmed that the United States will assist the Iraqis in the election of a new president.
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