U.S. hopes deal on Sinjar will lead to lasting stability for Iraqis

File – A general view of Sinjar city. (AFP)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The United States hopes an agreement between Baghdad and Erbil on Sinjar will lead to lasting stability for Iraqis, the U.S. Consulate General to Erbil said on Saturday. 

On Friday, the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) reached a “historic agreement” to bolster the federal government’s authority in Sinjar in accordance with the constitution.

The agreement “ends the power of intruding groups, and paves the way for the reconstruction of the city and the return of its people in coordination with the Kurdistan Regional Government,” said Iraqi government’s spokesman Ahmed Mulla Talal.

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi sponsored the agreement, according to Talal.

“The United States congratulates the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government on reaching an agreement of cooperation in Sinjar,” the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil said in a tweet.

“We look forward to its full implementation and hope this agreement will lead to lasting security and stability for the #Iraqi people.”

Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General for Iraq Jeannine Hennis- Plasschaert also welcomed the agreement in a statement released on Friday, hoping it would usher in “a new chapter for Sinjar, one in which the interests of the people of Sinjar come first”.

It would also “help displaced people to return to their homes, accelerate reconstruction and improve public service delivery”, she said.

Hennis-Plasschaert cautioned that “for that to happen, stable governance and security structures are urgently needed”.

She also emphasized continued U.N. support to help normalize the situation in the district, according to the statement.

“Against all odds and in their darkest hour, the people of Sinjar remained determined to build a better future. May that future begin today”.

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