Washington is reducing the number of US diplomats in Iraq

Washington is reducing the number of US diplomats in Iraq

2019/4/6 15:24

Washington is reducing the number of US diplomats in IraqThe administration of US President Donald Trump is considering reducing its diplomatic mission in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of a broader effort to save the United States from the 18-year-old deadly conflict in Afghanistan, according to US officials.
“The State Department is preparing to reduce the number of US diplomats deployed in Kabul in 2020 by half,” said three US officials familiar with the internal deliberations.
” They may also submit plans to reduce the number of diplomats who are being sent to the US embassy in Iraq, where Washington ends its readiness for war in the Middle East and South Asia to prepare for what it calls the era of ” rival great powers “with China and Russia.
Coincide deliberations with the US peace talks with Taliban And assessments on how to withdraw US military forces from Afghanistan
, whether the mysterious diplomatic outposts are battling US embassies in Kabul and Baghdad in the largest and largest diplomatic missions in the world after US military interventions there.
In February, NPR reported an internal document leaked from the US Embassy in Kabul that described the settlement outpost as too large and urged a “thorough review” of the US embassy in Baghdad, for its size, although the document did not specify the size of the proposed cuts.
the presence of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Afghanistan pales compared to the US army, but the embassy in Kabul, along with the embassy in Baghdad, constitute a larger disproportionate amount of the state budget and its staff compared to embassies in other parts of the world . Some diplomats believe it is time to turn these resources elsewhere.
A senior official at the Foreign Ministry who asked not to be identified , “We hear regularly from Africa that we are more than our number diplomats Chinese workers on economic issues or other issues , ” we can not continue to focus all this money in Afghanistan and Iraq. ”
The official said , ” It is a matter of ” Where can we deploy our very limited resources to avoid losing more competitors to the top competitors who are climbing so fast that we can not understand them. ”
The plans under consideration envisage the abolition of 20 to 30 diplomatic posts this year from Iraq, where the US diplomatic mission includes the embassy in Baghdad and the consulate in Erbil. Two US officials said up to 30 to 50 percent of the mission to Iraq could be cut in 2020 and details of plans that had been in operation for months.
The embassy in Baghdad has about 16,000 employees, 2,000 of whom are diplomats, according to a New York Times report in February that outlined some plans.

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