Iraq’s neighbours interior ministers to meet in Bahrain on September 22

August 19, 2010
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Bahrain has denied media reports that the next meeting of the interior ministers of Iraq’s neighbouring countries would be held in Manama on August 22.

“The ministers will convene in Bahrain on September 22 and not in August,” an interior ministry official said.

On Tuesday, Ahmad Bin Hilli, the Arab League assistant secretary general, said that the interior ministers of Iraq’s neighbours would meet in Bahrain on August 22. The Arab League would attend the meeting, he told reporters.

Talking to reporters in the Arab world during a video conference, Jeffery Feltman, US assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, said that the withdrawal of the remaining 50,000 troops from Iraq was likely to have little impact on security in the Gulf.

“The security agreement we have with the Iraqis expires in December next year, but I don’t anticipate a significant change in the security environment in the region,” he said. “We have already withdrawn the majority of our troops in June last year from the populated areas. Our troops are down to less than 50,000 from a high of over 150,000. This means that the Iraqi security forces have been in charge of those areas for well over a year now. Since the most significant part of the drawdown already took place, I don’t expect a major change in the security environment in the region due to any further drawdown,” Feltman said.

         

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