U.S. retreated from its statements about the size of its embassy in Baghdad, after that said it would be normal, said a U.S. official yesterday that U.S. diplomacy in Iraq will be the largest in the world, is promised for the security and defense committee a regular in the ambiguity of the nature of the relationship between the two countries after whether the U.S. forces in Baghdad for nine years, and therefore it is not possible to end her relationship, or turn into a normal embassy in a short time.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Naidz that the budget the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad cut by ten percent, but he stressed that this would not mean that the embassy in Baghdad will remain one of the largest U.S. diplomatic mission in the world. He Naidz in a statement to reporters in Baghdad yesterday that the expenditures for contracts will be reduced as well as the direction to reduce the size of the diplomats working at the embassy, but he stressed that this must not send the wrong message to others about Iraq, who said he will remain a country of strategic importance to the States United for many reasons. The U.S. Ambassador James Jeffrey, he said told the Associated Press that the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad will remain the largest in the world as long as he survives, he said. A member in return for security and defense committee in the House of Representatives, Chuan Mohamed Taha, “The nature of the relationship between Iraq and Washington in the current time is clearly defined after the withdrawal, which was the beginning of this year.” He said Taha in a telephone conversation with the (long) “It is natural that the U.S. embassy in Iraq this size in this period because of the relations between the two countries, the United States was in Iraq for nine years and it is possible to go a full relations with Baghdad between overnight “. The member of the security and defense committee the Iraqi government to take advantage of the size of the U.S. Embassy at the economic and commercial. ” The Reuters news agency quoted a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, Victoria Nuland The goal of reducing the number of diplomats as the most common is to reduce the total cost of the mission, which includes about 2000 diplomatic , as well as 14 thousand Contracting foreigner working everything from providing security to the management of the kitchens. and revealed Noland, for there are no plans to reduce the number of diplomats by half, but it is possible to make some cuts and they can not predict how much reduction is likely in the number of contractors, noting Search about the possibility of the use of local staff rather than having to rely on contractors whose cost of employment is very high. The Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice revealed before a congressional committee in 2007 about the “desirability of a senior diplomat in Iraq at the level of aid and to deal with the Iraqi people in one of the most important countries, and in one of the most important parts of the world has motivated us to establish a large embassy there. “
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