Iraqi Ambassador: We Want Strong Ties With US

Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 11:45 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

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The Iraqi people want to maintain strong ties with the U.S. as they rebuild their country after the withdrawal of American troops one year ago, said Iraq's Ambassador to the U.S. Lukman Faily.

"We're trying to more include the political parties and the tribes into the process (of rebuilding)," Faily told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Thursday. We're trying to strengthen our own capabilities, military capabilities," he added.

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Faily described Iraq as an "educated" and "very wealthy country" with a rich history. He said the people of Iraq were ready to progress economically as the country was "moving away from dictatorship."

"People want to prosper. People want to be free. People want to be liberal-minded more, and want to prosper," he added.

With Iraq's "richness of oil," Faily said their economy was doing well in the year since the U.S. troop withdrawal.

"In Iraq, we don't have the issue of economic development. It's booming. It's nearly two-digit growth every year for the last few years," he said.

Faily explained the threat of terrorism by al-Qaida continued to be a challenge as Iraq prepared for parliamentary elections at the end of April. Following a string of bombings by the terror group, he predicted they would continue.

"There will be more bombing between now and the election, as part of the campaign by al-Qaida and their affiliates to disrupt the democratic process in Iraq," he said.

Iraq's border with Syria was "the biggest challenge we have," Faily maintained, and called it "hard to control" because it was a "desert border."

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