Russia: Iraqi security forces improving

March 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM
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MOSCOW, March 16 (UPI) -- Conditions in Iraq haven't worsened since U.S. combat troops left the country in December, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Friday.

Bogdanov said there are problems but security forces are doing a better job of dealing with them," RIA Novosti reported.

"Iraqi law enforcement structures have improved and are fighting terrorism and criminals," he said. "We consider that the government will be in control of the situation in the country, which will allow Iraqi residents to get back to normal life."

Russia is available to help develop policy concerning regional issues and problems, he said.

Iraq is preparing to host the Arab League Summit at the end of March.

Bogdanov called the summit "a symbolic event that will confirm the return of Iraq to the family of Arab nations and restore its active role in international relations."

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