It turned out to be the most beautiful day of winter thus far. Crystal clear, blue skies; sunny, but still cool 75 degrees, all guests on time. It was storybook like ... decorations included fresh flowers, which retired to the Protocol office post ceremony.
The Republic of Iraq President of the Republic Press Office
This came through the participation of His Excellency, on Monday 5-1-2009, officiating at the opening ceremony of the new embassy of the United States of America in Baghdad, which was attended by the American side of the Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte and the U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and military officials from the multinational forces in Iraq, also attended by the Iraqi side of the senior officials in the government.
Ambassador Crocker, and opened the ceremony, a speech in which he welcomed President Talabani expressed his happiness with him, saying, "It is a historic occasion, and we are pleased with the presence of His Excellency President Talabani and his presence with us and we have the honor to chair the opening ceremony."
Then the Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, the word, thanks to the new President Talabani, for his presence at the ceremony, saying, "Your presence here with us and the presence of other national leaders of Iraq carries many meanings for me personally and to President Bush and Rice and the minister for the people and Government of the United States." Negroponte emphasized in his speech the importance of the role of President Talabani in strengthening the relations between Iraq and the United States, stressing that the President of freedom and a friend of the United States, adding, "I can not imagine a more appropriate share of this historic occasion, you, Mr. President, Negroponte added," We have Christm your fighter and a statesman, for a free Iraq, a sovereign and united, "he said, adding" Besertkm thanks to your courage and perseverance and today, America and Iraq stand side by side, as the London powerful and confident, working together in a spirit of friendship and common purpose, "he said this Today that record a new chapter in relations between the United States and Iraq. Finally, and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State by calling on the peoples of both countries to further convergence, cross-links of democracy and trade, education, culture, science and the rule of law and security, expressing his hope to "build a partnership for generations to the great land of Iraq."
It also gave Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, during a speech over pleased to participate in this event, stressing that "the construction of the edifice of civilization was not possible as the existence of the independent federal democratic Iraq is not possible for the courageous decision and the historic President George W. Bush to liberate Iraq from the worst defined by the dictatorship of the history of our people. " His Excellency also stressed, that the people of Iraq will never forget the sacrifices made by the American people for liberation from tyranny. For his part, and before the performance of the U.S. flag-raising ceremony on the new headquarters of the embassy, Ambassador Crocker said the depth of the roots of the relations between Iraq and the United States since the arrival of the first U.S. consul to Iraq in 1889, stressing the need to continue to work to maintain those relationships. Crocker also noted, an agreement to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq, the long-term strategic agreement between the two countries, saying in his speech that the United States would honor the commitments made by Iraq in the security agreement. And at the end of the ceremony the Iraqi national anthem and then played the national anthem of the United States and the lifting of the U.S. flag over the headquarters of the embassy. And following the text of the speech delivered by His Excellency the President of the Republic in the opening ceremony of the new headquarters of the U.S. embassy: "In the name of God the Merciful Your Excellencies and happiness Negroponte, Ryan Crocker, Gen. Odierno and other loved ones of friends the Americans present and honored guests O holy ceremony I am pleased to participate in the opening of the new embassy of the United States in the new Iraq, democratic Iraq, the independent federal parliamentary system.
The construction of this edifice of civilization was not possible as the existence of the independent federal democratic Iraq is possible if the historical and courageous decision of His Excellency President George W. Bush to liberate Iraq from the worst dictatorship known in the history of our people, pointless and destructive wars, dictatorship and mass graves of hundreds of thousands of citizens, bellowed in a dictatorship and innumerable riches of Iraq and destroyed the generations of the best of our men. Therefore, the Iraqi people in the ancient civilization decent and moral and humanitarian values, high Msaaadatkm will never forget my friends, and the Americans will have appreciated the sacrifices of the people and Chdaikm In Karim highly values its friendship with him. Especially if these sacrifices are part of the glorious tradition of the great American people, who made enormous sacrifices to deter aggression and tyranny in World War I and II and the Pacific and in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kurdistan. This edifice, which Hidtamoh not sure of the embassy, but was told of the deep friendship between the peoples of Iraq and the U.S. as well. It is therefore very much hope that the embassy will play a role in the desired goal and the development and strengthening and improving and expanding the US-Iraqi relations at all levels of political, economic, oil and military, cultural and technological, and others. And workers will all support and attribution of the Presidency to achieve these noble goals.
And let us express the certainty that American history is also proud to liberate Iraq and to create a federal democratic Iraq will be independent, for example, a model for the peoples of our East and an important factor in the stability and security, peace and coexistence between the peoples in the region. As you know Iraq is a rich people and large amounts of wealth and civilization, it is therefore qualified to play the role expected from the Orient. Dear friends, dear Americans
Congratulate you on behalf of Iraq, the construction of the monument and the opening of the new Embassy of goodwill, friendship and cooperation in all fields.
Bye and God's mercy and blessings. "