Ambassador Romanowski’s Remarks – USAID IGPA Program Handover

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Alina Romanowski’s Remarks USAID Iraq’s Governance and Performance Accountability Program Handover January 31, 2023 I am delighted to be here today to celebrate the success of this important USAID program and its follow on to our Iraqi partners.  The primary goal of USAID assistance is to create sustainable solutions that help …

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U.S. Government Delegation’s Meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister al-Sudani

January 16, 2023 U.S. Government Delegation’s Meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister al-Sudani Deputy Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Brett McGurk met today in Baghdad with Prime Minister Mohammed Shiaa al-Sudani.  He was joined by Special Presidential Coordinator for Global Infrastructure and Energy Security Amos Hochstein …

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Statement on Iranian Attacks Against the Iraqi Kurdistan Region by Ned Price

U.S. Department of the State For Immediate Release Statement By Ned Price, Spokesperson November 22, 2022 Iranian Attacks Against the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Iran’s violations of Iraqi territorial integrity continue with lethal attacks carried out against the Iraqi Kurdistan Region from November 20 through 22.  The United States strongly condemns these repeated and brazen violations …

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Statement on Violence in Northern Syria, Northern Iraq, and Southern Turkey by Ned Price

Press Statement Ned Price, Department Stockperson November 21, 2022 The United States expresses its sincere condolences for the loss of civilian life in Syria and Turkey.  We urge de-escalation in Syria to protect civilian life and support the common goal of defeating ISIS.  We continue to oppose any uncoordinated military action in Iraq that violates …

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“International Education Week 2022” By Ambassador Alina Romanowski

OP-ED International Education: Transcending Borders and Getting Ready for the Future By Ambassador Alina Romanowski This week, the United States is celebrating International Education Week around the world. Every year in November we shine a light on how important we believe international education is to sharing ideas and knowledge across thousands of miles, building modern …

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U.S. Ambassador Alina Romanowski Delivers Remarks at the Iraqi Fulbright Alumni Reception

U.S. Ambassador Alina Romanowski delivered remarks at the Iraqi Fulbright alumni reception on November 12, 2022. The Ambassador had the opportunity to hear their inspiring stories about how the skills and knowledge they gained through the Fulbright Program have allowed them to assist Iraq improve its health care, expand STEM studies, and expand English teaching …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Iraqi President Rashid

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Readout November 5, 2022 Secretary Blinken’s Call with Iraqi President Rashid Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke yesterday with Iraqi President Abdulatif Rashid to congratulate him on his October 13 election to office. The Secretary also passed his congratulations to the Iraqi people …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Iraqi Prime Minister Sudani

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Readout November 3, 2022 Secretary Blinken’s Call with Iraqi Prime Minister Sudani Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani to congratulate him on the October 27 formation of an Iraqi government. The Secretary conveyed that the …

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Statement on Formation of Iraqi Government

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson ________________________________________ For Immediate Release Statement By Ned Price, Spokesperson October 27, 2022 Formation of Iraqi Government The United States congratulates Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani on forming a new Iraqi government. We look forward to working with him and his government on the range of our shared …

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USAID Convenes Business Community for Access to Finance Conference in Baghdad

On June 29 and 30, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) convened more than 300 business and public sector representatives for its inaugural Access to Finance Conference in Baghdad. The two-day event provided a shared platform for diverse stakeholders to create opportunities for Iraqi businesses to secure funding and boost economic growth in Iraq. …

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Ambassador Romanowski’s Remarks at Access to Finance Conference

USAID Access to Finance in Iraq, June 29, 2022 Good morning, everyone.  I’m excited to be here, Governor Ghalib, it is a pleasure to see you.  Thank you for attending this event and giving your attention to the important issue of access to finance in Iraq. On behalf of the United States, we also extend …

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Ambassador Romanowski Meets with Ministry of Oil Minister Ihsan Ismael

Ambassador Alina L. Romanowski met with Ministry of Oil Minister Ihsan Ismael on June 10 to discuss ways to strengthen the U.S.-Iraq energy relationship and boost U.S. investment in Iraq. Ambassador Romanowski reiterated U.S. commitment to a stable, prosperous, democratic, and unified Iraq.

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Ambassador Meets with Council of Representatives Speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi

Ambassador Alina L. Romanowski met with Council of Representatives Speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi on June 7. She underscored U.S. commitment to our multifaceted strategic partnership with Iraq and to our joint efforts to foster stability and economic growth, bolster democracy and governance, and help ensure Iraq’s security and sovereignty.

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The United States is pleased to have recently facilitated the return of seven ancient artifacts to Iraq.

The United States is pleased to have recently facilitated the return of seven ancient artifacts to Iraq. Special Agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in California returned two of these ancient artifacts to Iraq on January 20 in a ceremony at the Iraqi Consulate in Los Angeles. One of the artifacts is a partial cuneiform …

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U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Matthew H. Tueller was delighted to participate in the opening of Cold Stone Creamery

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Matthew H. Tueller was delighted to participate in the opening of Cold Stone Creamery on January 14. Companies like Cold Stone Creamery contribute immensely to the Iraqi economy and the growing U.S.-Iraq business ties. The United States is committed to supporting increased economic investment by U.S. companies to bring jobs, innovative …

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U.S. Ambassador Visits a Peshmerga Supply Warehouse in Erbil

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller visited Erbil today and toured a Peshmerga supply warehouse and met with Minister of Peshmerga Shorsh Ismail. At the event Ambassador Tueller said: “As we saw at the height of the campaign against ISIS, you brave Peshmerga fighters are indispensable to Iraq’s security. We are all grateful for the …

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U.S. Ambassador Meets with KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani in Erbil

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller met with Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani yesterday in Erbil. They discussed the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue, KRG’s ongoing budget negotiations with Baghdad, relations between Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s political parties, and the importance of press freedom. They also discussed the security situation in the western provinces and …

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Ambassador Tueller at the Middle East Research Institute’s 2019 Forum

On Wednesday, Ambassador Tueller spoke at the Middle East Research Institute’s 2019 Forum, noting: “State-building is about strengthening people—their capabilities and knowledge, but also their ability to address problems locally for the Iraqi people.  It certainly requires political will at the highest levels of government leadership, setting processes in motion through laws and policies, and …

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Ambassador Tueller gives remarks at Al Rafidain Center for Dialogue conference

Ambassador Tueller gave remarks at Al Rafidain Center for Dialogue conference, focusing on the need to improve the investment climate and ease of doing business in Iraq, as well as the U.S. private sector’s desire to support Iraq’s expanding economy to benefit all Iraqis. The Ambassador also highlighted U.S. diplomatic efforts to encourage the modernization …

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Ambassador Tueller attends the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Oil and Honeywell UOP

Ambassador Tueller was honored to attend the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Oil and Honeywell UOP to finalize construction of a natural gas plant in Ar Ratawi. Honeywell UOP hopes to finalize the contract with the Ministry by the end of 2019, with plant construction beginning in mid-2020 and becoming …

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Ambassador Tueller at the 2019 Powering Iraq Conference

Ambassador Tueller provided a keynote speech at the 2019 Powering Iraq conference in Baghdad. Hosted by the Government of Iraq and the Ministry of Electricity, the conference brought together government, business, and leading industry specialists to discuss key challenges facing the electricity sector and to build relationships to move projects forward. “Access to electricity that …

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Ambassador Tueller visits a UNDP-restored power station in Telskof and Batnaya

Ambassador Tueller and Consul General Fagin visited a UNDP-restored power station, where the UNDP, Mines Advisory Group, and municipal electric department personnel briefed the the delegation on efforts to restore Telskof and Batnaya’s access to the Ninewa electricity grid. The region’s economic recovery depends on sustained and reliable access to electricity, to power business and …

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Ambassador Tueller meets with Iraqi Minister of Justice Faruq Amin Shwani

Ambassador Tueller met with Minister of Justice Faruq Amin Shwani to express the willingness of the United States to support the Minister and his team as they fight corruption, work to protect human rights, and securing evidence based convictions of terrorism suspects – working together to strengthen our partnership based on the shared goals of …

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Celebrating the successful completion of emergency efforts to stabilize Mosul Dam

Ambassador Tueller joined Minister of Water Resources Jamal al-Adili and Italian Ambassador Pasquino supporting the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and Italian company Trevi as they celebrated the successful completion of emergency efforts to stabilize Mosul Dam in partnership with Iraq. The U.S. provided $124 million for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to serve …

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Ambassador Tueller meets with women Iraqi Parliamentarians

During his first week in Baghdad, Ambassador Tueller welcomed the opportunity to meet with women Iraqi Parliamentarians to discuss a variety of issues including important legislative priorities such as Yezidi women’s survivor legislation, domestic violence legislation, and minority protection legislation. Ambassador Tueller also discussed the need to advance women in leadership positions in Iraq and …

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Ambassador Matthew H. Tueller Presents His Ambassadorial Credentials To The Government of Iraq

On June 9, 2019, Ambassador Matthew H. Tueller presented his credentials to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Iraq to President Barham Salih and Foreign Minister Mohamed Alhakim. Ambassador Tueller thanked President Salih and Minister Alhakim for their warm reception and commented, “The United States is committed to our Strategic Framework Agreement which defines our bilateral …

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Ambassador Silliman hosts a trade mission from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Yesterday, Ambassador Silliman hosted a trade mission from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce representing more than 50 U.S. companies. These companies are looking to introduce high quality American products and services to the Iraqi market, advance technology to kick-start economic growth, and to develop partnerships with local companies during their meetings in Baghdad this week. …

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Ambassador Silliman addressing today’s U.S. Trade Opportunities

Ambassador Silliman addressing today’s U.S. Trade Opportunities Breakfast: “The American private sector has innovative capabilities, access to finance, and strategic vision. It can play a critical role in improving Iraq’s economy and creating the private sector jobs Iraq urgently needs. . . . Our companies can help expand access to electricity, upgrade transportation networks, improve …

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Ambassador Silliman Encourages U.S. Businesses to Visit Iraq

Last week, Ambassador Silliman and members of his Economic Team joined in on a call with U.S. businesses to answer questions and encourage their participation in an upcoming visit to Iraq in December. The trip will provide a great opportunity for U.S. businesses to gain a better understanding of the commercial and investment opportunities across …

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Ambassador Silliman Announces U.S. Water Support to Basrah

  Assalam Alaykoum, I’m Doug Silliman, the American Ambassador to Iraq.   Over the past few months, the people of Basrah have clearly expressed a desire for better public services and an improved quality of life, and through our Consulate General in Basrah, we have heard their calls.  We are offering our help to the Government …

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U.S. Ambassador visits Nassiriya

The Ambassador and the Acting Consul General visited Nassiriya, in Dhi Qar province, where they conducted meetings with the Governor, business leaders, and representatives from several minority groups in the province. They also toured the relic Mesopotamian landscapes of the Ziggurat of Ur, accompanied by a team of Iraqi and American archaeologists, and discovered some …

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The Ambassador and Mrs. Silliman visit Baghdad Mall

Ambassador and Mrs. Silliman, along with other US Embassy staff members, visited Baghdad Mall yesterday. Thanks to our hosts, CEO Ammar Alkhafaji, Managing Director Anwer Abdul Lateef, and Marketing Director Jamal Alashi. “There is a huge opportunity for U.S. companies and franchises such as those here at Baghdad Mall – Hardee’s, Skechers, Nestle Toll House …

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Ambassador Douglas Silliman Meets with Iraqi Spokespersons

We were pleased to welcome official Iraqi spokespersons and representatives from Government of Iraq media offices to Ambassador Silliman’s home today after their Embassy-sponsored visit to the United States. Our Iraqi friends shared with the Ambassador what they learned in the United States and we discussed steps forward to continue to fight the extremist messaging …

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Ambassador Douglas Silliman visit to Fallujah

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman highlighted U.S. Government support for stabilization efforts in Fallujah during his remarks today alongside Anbar Governor Suhaib Al-Rawi. Through UNDP, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad funded the rehabilitation of key water treatment facilities and supplied medical equipment for seven public health centers and the rehabilitation of 20 schools.  

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Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad held a reception to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program, America’s premier academic exchange program. Since 1946, over 370,000 students and scholars from 160 different countries have participated in the program, including over 500 Iraqi artists, writers, politicians, scientists, business executives, and educators. No …

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Ambassador Silliman’s meeting with members of the American Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman addressed members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Baghdad at their annual meeting at the Embassy. Ambassador Silliman praised Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s commitment to bringing more American companies to do business in Iraq, stating “Now is the best time in years to press for reforms, and to …

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Ambassador Silliman at the Iraq Energy Forum 2017

On April 2, Ambassador Silliman spoke at the Iraq Energy Forum 2017, where he emphasized the importance of energy to the rebuilding and stabilization of Iraq and the need for reform in confronting Iraq’s economic and energy challenges. He also raised the need to eliminate corruption, diversify the economy and develop a holistic and integrated …

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Ambassador Silliman Roundtable with Iraqi Local Media

In roundtable session with Iraqi Journalists U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman commended the bravery of all the Iraqis fighting to liberate Mosul from Da’esh. He noted that the battle to free Mosul is difficult because of the size of the city and the “abomination” of Da’esh using civilians as human shields and attacking aid-distribution …

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Ambassador Silliman meets with a group of Iraqi students and graduates

On Tuesday December 13, 2016 , AMB Silliman and Arsalan Suleman, the Acting U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, met a group of civic-minded undergraduates and recent college graduates to discuss issues such as human rights, countering violent extremism, health, education, entrepreneurship, and science and technology.        

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AMB Silliman meeting with MP Shabak and MP Al-Qadu

Ambassador Silliman met with MP Salim Juma’a Shabak and MP Dr. Hunain Al Qadu to discuss the unity within the Shabak community in Iraq and efforts to restore normal life to areas liberated from Da’esh’s brutal control. Ambassador Silliman assured the MPs that the United States is committed to supporting the Shabak community through working …

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U.S. Ambassador Douglas Silliman Visits Sulaimaniyah

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman, accompanied by Erbil Consul General Ken Gross, met Hero Talabani, Barham Salih, Nawshirwan Mustafa, Kosrat Rasul, and other political leaders in Sulaimaniyah. The parties discussed addressing the needs of internally displaced persons, the battle against Da’esh, on-going stabilization efforts, and the economic challenges facing the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.  Ambassador …

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