World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Rice Interview With Jawad Kadhom of Al Iraqiyah

Interview With Jawad Kadhom of Al Iraqiyah

Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Baghdad, Iraq
May 15, 2005

QUESTION: (In Arabic.)


SECRETARY RICE: Yes. The major reason that I am here is because there is now an Iraqi Government, a democratically elected government, and I wanted to come to discuss with that government its priorities. I've had very good meetings throughout the government, talking about maintaining political momentum and also about what needs to be done in terms of the security situation and the economic situation.

QUESTION: (In Arabic.)

SECRETARY RICE: Well, clearly, there are people, many of them from outside the country, foreign terrorists, who are determined to try and stop the Iraqi people from having a better future. The Iraqi people voted in huge numbers on January 30th and it was inspirational to the entire world to see the Iraqis vote despite the terrorist threats. And Iraq is emerging now as a democracy in a region that does not have many democracies.

And so there are people who want to stop this progress and I think it is not surprising that after the standup of the new government, they would try and make an effort to discredit that government. But because the Iraqi people have elected this government, they won't succeed. And one of the discussions that I have had with the minister of defense, the minister of interior and, of course, with the prime minister is how we can continue to support the training and equipping of Iraqi security forces because the multinational forces and especially American forces want very much to get to the day when Iraqis can take care of their own defense. And we talked about the need to make sure that that program is working very well.

QUESTION: (In Arabic.)

SECRETARY RICE: The President has always said that we do not have an exit strategy; we have a success strategy. And the success strategy is when Iraqi forces are strong enough to defend this young democracy. The Iraqi Government has said -- first the interim government and now this government -- that it needs the help of the international community at this point, it needs international forces to fight off the terrorists and to help defend Iraq.

But we want to stay only as long as we are needed. I can assure you that it is the goal of the United States and of other coalition forces to train Iraqi security forces so that Iraq can take care of its own security.

QUESTION: (In Arabic.)

SECRETARY RICE: Well, the issue is to do whatever is necessary to stop the terrorists from killing innocent Iraqis because many of the people -- most of the people who are dying in these attacks -- are innocent Iraqis. And so we understand that there is a link between the political process and what is going on now and the writing of a constitution which will start soon and the need for that political process to include all Iraqis, Shia and Kurds but Sunnis as well. Even if Sunnis were not as represented in the elections, it is the strong belief of the United States and, I believe, of the government that Sunnis must be included now in Iraq's political future. It is important to have economic development and infrastructure development. That's another part of dealing with the security situation.

But of course, Iraq's neighbors should not support the terrorists and the insurgency. Syria should do everything that it can to make certain that its territory is not being used for terrorism because the terrorists are frustrating the desire of the Iraqi people for a better future and Iraq's neighbors need to respect what the Iraqi people are trying to build here.

QUESTION: (In Arabic.)

SECRETARY RICE: Well, thank you. It's been very good to be here in Iraq and I look forward to returning.

QUESTION: Thank you.

SECRETARY RICE: Thank you. 2005/T7-9 # # #

Released on May 16, 2005

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news