Baghdad - Reuters
Said U.S. officials that the administration of the White House is looking to reduce the size of its embassy in Iraq - the largest embassies and most expensive - and two months after the withdrawal of the last U.S. troops from the country. A spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, told reporters in Washington yesterday evening: "The aim is to reduce costs overall mission, which includes about 2000 a diplomatic as well as 14 thousand Contracting foreigner working everything from providing security to manage the kitchen. "
The New York Times yesterday: The U.S. government is preparing to reduce its diplomatic presence, which includes the operations of a consulate in Basra, Erbil and Kirkuk, as much as half. only said a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, Victoria Nuland confirmed that he had no plans to reduce the number of diplomats by half, but it is possible to make some cuts, and it can not predict how much reduction is likely in the number of contractors.
She Noland told reporters in Washington: "What we do is to study how we can rationalization of the size of our embassy in Iraq and in particular is how we can achieve more for that mission through the use of local staff rather than having to rely as we were by the contractors the cost of employment is very high. "and went on by saying:" We do not know yet what is to prepare the final would result from such reductions. I started this process just. "and comes to talk about reducing the size of the U.S. mission in Baghdad after the collapse of negotiations to keep the nearly 3,000 U.S. troops in Iraq to work trainers because of the sensitive issue of immunity of U.S. soldiers from prosecution if they commit crimes.