Tuesday, 18 September 2012, 03:17 GMT
US officials Kurdistan visit:


Kurdistan Region's President Massoud Barzani welcomes John McCain in Erbil in this file photo of August 15, 2009./GLOBE PHOTO/Safin Hamid

The Kurdish Globe

Factors and outcomes

US Senator John McCain lead a delegation to Erbil, the Kurdistan Region's Capital, aimed at urging Iraqi political groups to reach a new agreement, through which to achieve the more important objective of supporting his country's foreign policy.

McCain showed concern about foreign intervention in Iraq

Washington has now realized that Iraq has a negative role in directing the events in Syria, and a lack of stability in the most troublesome spot in the Middle East would definitely have an impact on the results of the US presidential elections.

The unresolvedness of the pending issues among the three main political groups; Iraq's role in Syria's internal issues that have signs of Iran's interventions, Baghdad's arming process, PKK's role in Syria and their clashes with the Turkish Army and finally Israel's confidence about the results of the course of events in the Middle East, are all interrelated factors whose results will have considerable impact on the election of the next US president.

Majority of Kurdish experts believe that US is currently looking for political stability in the region, which would eventually lead to economic stability and the success of the US foreign policy for both the Democrats and the Republicans.

After the withdrawal of the US Forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, American citizens were looking for stability and security in these two countries, but this has not practically been achieved.

According to Political Sciences instructor Jutiar Adil, this instability has become a card in the hands of Mitt Romney, Republican Presidential candidate, to be used against his rival President Obama.

"The current situation of the region is not benefiting Obama," Adil told the Globe. "He is now in need of support and McCain is in Iraq for this purpose."

He also added that there is a possibility that the tensions in Iraq will be resolved on a temporary basis.

Considering the role of Iraqi Premier Nuri al Maliki both in Iraq and the region, Adil says, "United States cannot put pressure on Maliki to solve the problems without paying the price for this, because Maliki is now part of the balance in the region, which is all interrelated."

However, the university instructor did not give any indication about what will be the price the US will be paying and on the account of which group or country.

MP Muayiad Tayib, spokesperson of the Kurdistan Alliance Bloc, says "the purpose behind these recent visits by US officials is the elections and drafting a plan for the future of the US foreign policy. Both the Democrats and the Republicans need the opinions of the Iraqi political groups."

One day before the arrival of McCain and his accompanying delegation in Erbil, a high ranking delegation from the US Department of State met with Kurdistan Region's President Massoud Barzani.

The two parties discussed the activities of the America-Iraq Political Harmony Committee, the unresolved issues between Erbil and Baghdad and the general situation in the region.

Barzani had argued that the problems in Iraq spring from failure to follow the constitution and the signed agreements.

"The constitutions address the solution to all these issues very clearly, especially issues related to the disputed areas and oil & gas," President Barzani told the Department of State delegation headed by Elizabeth Jones. "If there is a good intention they would be resolved very easily. And solution cannot be done by words alone, but it rather needs practical steps."

MP Tayib clearly talks about the armament of the Iraqi government and says "this is one of the points in the US delegation's program."

"Iraq and the United States have a strategic agreement, which entails some duties for Iraq in return for the rights it has been granted," Tayib told the Globe. "One of these duties is that Iraq should not use arms against its people and its neighboring countries."