CAIRO ø Egypt has proposed training Iraqi
Egyptian officials said the regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
relayed a proposal for the training of Iraqi police and security forces
to the Iraqi Governing Council and the United States, Middle East Newsline reported. They said the Iraqi
Interior Ministry and the United States have been examining the draft.
"Egypt is prepared to provide its expertise and work with the Iraqi
people to recover their sovereignty as quickly as possible," Egyptian
Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher said.
Officials said Egypt has also proposed to train Iraqi intelligence
officers. They said they hope to receive a response by the Iraqi government
over the next few weeks.
On Wednesday, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was quoted as saying that
Cairo would be prepared to train an unlimited number of Iraqi police cadets.
Mubarak told the Washington Times that Egypt would quickly train Iraqi
officers for deployment in major urban areas.
"I am ready to train you some police, more police, enough police before
[June 30] to work in Baghdad and some big cities," Mubarak said. "We are
ready to train the maximum number of policemen in our country in a very
short period of time."
Mubarak was said to have discussed Egyptian cooperation with the
U.S.-led effort to stabilize Iraq during his meetings in Washington. On
Monday, Mubarak met President George Bush and later was to have discussed
Iraq with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin
Jordan has already received a contract estimated at about $1.3 billion
to provide training and facilities for 32,000 Iraqi police officers. The
Hashemite kingdom has also been hosting the training of Iraqi military
A U.S. Defense Department report released on Tuesday said more than
two-thirds of Iraq's 75,000 police officers have not received training. The
report said 16,000 Iraqi police have completed training with another 3,200
undergoing training in Jordan.
Iraq has 208,055 military and security forces out of a required 235,727
troops. The Pentagon report said the Coalition Provisional Authority
exceeded its requirements in the formation of the Iraqi police and
Facilities Protection Service. But Iraq remains far short of CPA goals
regarding the military, Border Enforcement Department and Iraqi Civil