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Chalabi: US presence in Iraq not in Iraqis' favor

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Baghdad, July 8, IRNA -- The Iraqi National Congress Leader, Ahmad Chalabi, says presence of Americans in Iraqi territory is not in favor of the Iraqi people.

Talking to IRNA, Chalabi called for withdrawal of the US forces from his country.

He said Iraqi government has under the US supervision spent tens of billion dollars on providing security, rebuilding structures and reforming the army, but the investment has had no benefit for Iraqis, which is an important issue worth pondering.

He pointed to role of Americans in establishing infrastructures for Iraqis and said that Americans claim spending more than four billion dollars on Iraq power projects but the activities have not had any impact on improvement of Iraqis’ living conditions.

Iraq has purchased 56 types of power generating instruments and equipment from the US General Electric company with the capacity to produce 7,000 megawatts of power, said Chalabi, adding that all the money for the equipment have been paid by Iraqi government despite Americans’ claim of providing the sum themselves.

The point worth noting is despite long time passing since purchase of the equipment and generators from the US, none of them have been put on the power production cycle and the project has virtually had no benefit for the Iraqis, he added.

Chalabi appreciated Iran’s services to Iraqis, including Iran’s efforts in the trade and commercial domains.

He said the visit of Iranian delegation, led by the First Vice-President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi, to Iraq would serve as an effective step in promotion of mutual cooperation.

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