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Iraq's Kurdistan president to head to U.S. over security
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Iraq's Kurdistan president to head to U.S.
over security deal
October 26, 2008
Erbil-Hewler, Kurdistan region "Iraq",—
President of Iraq’s Kurdistan region Massoud Barzani
will lead a high-ranking delegation to the United
States at the end of this week to discuss the
security agreement that is scheduled to take place
“The visit comes at the request of the U.S.
Department of State and will take a few days..,” the
head of the region’s presidential office,www.ekurd.net
Fouad Hussein, told VOI.
Hussein did not disclose the names of the delegation
members, but said that they will meet with senior
Negotiations are currently underway between the
Iraqi and U.S. government over a long-term security
agreement that is expected to regulate the presence
of U.S. troops when a UN mandate expires at the end
Massoud Barzani, the President of the autonomous Regional
Government of Kurdistan 'Iraq'
A declaration of
principles was signed between U.S. President George
W. Bush and the Iraqi premier in December 2007.
The declaration was scheduled to be ratified on July
31, 2008 and to come into force as of January 1,
The agreement governs the presence of U.S. forces in
the country after 2008 and will not come into force
without the approval of the Iraqi Parliament, which
has 275 members from five blocs,www.ekurd.net
in addition to the
Sadrist movement and al-Fadhila party.
The U.S. troops’ presence currently relies on a
mandate by the United Nations and is annually
renewed at the request of the Iraqi government.
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