John Kerry insists that combat forces will not go back to Iraq and that at the moment the country is looking for “political, economic and security options”. Iraq is currently struggling politically and the US tries to help the country as much as possible.
Kerry is currently visiting Australia and talked to the reporters, saying that the US government did congratulate Haider al-Abadi for his nomination as prime minister in Iraq. He hopes that the new prime minister will be able to form a new cabinet as fast as possible.
According to Kerry, the new government in Iraq has to create possibilities for guaranteeing that the “forces of Iraq are not a personal force defined by one particular sect and sworn to allegiance to one particular leader, but…truly represent Iraq.” The United States is said to support Iraq in any way it can, in order to aid in the stabilization process.
“There will be no reintroduction of American combat forces into Iraq. Nobody, I think, is looking forwards to a return to the road that we’ve traveled. What we’re looking for here is a way to support Iraq, support their forces with either training or equipment or assistance of one kind of another, that can help them to stand on their own two feet and defend their nation.”