Alhurra-Iraq anchor Saadoun Dhamad interviewed Amb. Robert Stephen Beecroft at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. During the hour-long interview Amb. Beecroft talked about the relationship between the U.S. and Iraq stating, the U.S. continues to engage with Iraq both economically and culturally. He cited the 31 percent increase in the number of Iraqi students studying in the United States last year as an example of that engagement. He also noted human rights training, for both the Iraqi government and non-governmental organizations as another example of the U.S.’s engagement.