Foreign presence and priorities of the strategic dialogue with Washington
Foreign presence and priorities of the strategic dialogue with Washington
according to the announced special Prime Minister Mustafa Kazmi adviser, was left on the date of the strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States only a few days, as confirmed Hisham Daoud told a news conference two days ago, the tenth of this month, will be the official date agreed He has to launch the dialogue via closed-circuit television.
In connection with that, the names of the members of the negotiating teams from both sides were leaking. On the Iraqi side, it was said that the members of the negotiating team number twenty-one with security, military, legal, economic and diplomatic specialties, and some media and political circles were leaked, the most prominent names, including among them, the oldest agent To the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abdul Karim Hashem, the former Iraqi ambassador to the United States of America, Lukman Philly, the current ambassador Farid Yassin, the undersecretary of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research Hamid Khalaf, and the academic researcher who was a candidate for the position of foreign minister, but Parliament was rejected by Harith Hassan, and other personalities.
As for the American side, the most prominent members of its negotiating team are, Assistant Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs David Schenker, Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Francis Fanon, First Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs and Former Chargé d’Affaires of the American Embassy in Baghdad Joy Hood, and Deputy Assistant Secretary Iraq affairs are in the Foreign Ministry’s Near East Affairs office, David Copley, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hill, and the current US ambassador to Iraq Matthew Toller.
While some assert that the names do not constitute a priority in the circle of setting priorities and diagnosing paths, there are those who see the exact opposite of this, by saying that the identity of the negotiators, their directions and their convictions can contribute to crystallizing the contexts and mechanisms of the negotiation and then the nature of the results and the data that can end in the march Negotiating.
And if there is a great necessity and importance to research, study, scrutinize and evaluate the members of the Iraqi negotiating team from different angles and aspects, without limiting it to only one side, then the matter is no less important than that, and according to what is called the science and art of negotiation, it is to stand on all the details and particulars related to the team members The American negotiator, and perhaps the important and fundamental observation that some observers and concerned personified and stuck at, is that all the names announced by the members of the American negotiating delegation are hawks, who adopt strict positions, and support the trend that it is necessary to isolate and keep Iraq away from its neighbor Iran.
The Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee hosted two days ago the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the member of the negotiating delegation, Abdul Karim Hashem, where he directed a number of questions and inquiries regarding “the names of the Iraqi negotiating team and the capabilities and capabilities of the team members in the art of negotiation as well as the importance of their representation of all Iraqi components, as well as addressing the names of the negotiating team The American, ”according to the statement issued by the committee,“ The attendees reviewed the plans adopted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to start a fruitful dialogue that would achieve the highest interests of Iraq and regulate the relationship with the United States in a manner that preserves national sovereignty. ”
In a similar context, former Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari notes the absence of parity between the delegations of Iraq and the United States in the forthcoming strategic dialogue, saying in a tweet on his social media platform (Twitter), “The American negotiating team is much stronger and more professional than the Iraqi team in Strategic Dialogue, stressing the need to address this disparity.
On the one hand, on the other hand, dialogue and negotiation should be based on a strong and solid ground, in which the central issue is the end of the American military presence in all its forms and manifestations, and the setting of frameworks and structures appropriate for political, economic, security and cultural relations between the two parties in a manner that preserves and strengthens national sovereignty.
And while Hisham Dawood said, in his recent press conference, “We will emphasize in our negotiations with the American side on national sovereignty, without touching directly on the withdrawal of American forces.” Semi-official media outlets quoted private sources as saying that there are three axes that Iraq will discuss with the United States The American, in the forthcoming dialogue and scheduled to take place on the tenth of this month, and the three axes are emphasizing military support for Iraq in its war with ISIS gangs, and pledging to protect foreign facilities operating in the country, and health support in the next stage in light of the Corona pandemic.
It seems that this path, if it is he who will be followed in the dialogue, can generate political and popular reactions that are rejected or conservative and objectionable, due to the imbalance of priorities, because the important and essential demand is to end the foreign-American presence, and this is what the religious authority stressed and demanded for The peaceful demonstration arenas, approved by Parliament on the fifth of last January, and the previous government headed by Adel Abdul Mahdi began work on it, in other words, that the principles and principles on which it is supposed to be based and from which the strategic dialogue is based, should govern you to national interests first Finally, there is no doubt that stopping and scrutinizing the backgrounds of the American enthusiasm for strategic dialogue is very important, because in light of this, the dialogue wheel with different titles and trends can start and move in a correct and logical manner, and thus the desired results will emerge, whether in the framework of a new agreement or through memoranda of understanding miscellaneous.
Since Iraq had a long marathon negotiation experience with the American side in 2007 during the era of former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, it led to the conclusion of the security agreement and the strategic framework agreement in 2008, and paved the way for the withdrawal of American forces from the country at the end of 2011, it is very necessary to conduct reviews A detailed detail of that experience and diagnosis of its strengths for investment and employment in the new negotiations, as well as diagnosing its weaknesses to avoid falling into it again, in addition to that it is supposed to benefit from the experience of the previous negotiating team, especially since it included prominent and important names, and before that all, it must not Restricting the negotiation file to narrow circles and dark halls, and by administering and directing certain names, because a file of this degree of importance, sensitivity and seriousness, it is necessary to multiply its circles and expand its spaces, and the final determination of its outputs will be under the parliament’s dome for others.