[size=36]The Washington Embassy issues a statement on Schenker's visit to Iraq[/size]
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The US Embassy in Baghdad on Thursday issued a statement on the visit of US Assistant Secretary of State David Schenker to Iraq recently.
"The Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, David Schenker, left for Baghdad and Erbil from October 16-18 to discuss relations between the United States and Iraq, developments on the Iraqi-Syrian border, and demonstrations," the embassy said in a statement received. The latest in Iraq. "
She added that "the Assistant Minister in Baghdad met with Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, President Barham Saleh, House of Representatives Mohammed Halbousi and National Security Advisor Faleh Fayyad, and met with Assistant Foreign Minister Schenker during his stay in Erbil with the Prime Minister of the Government of the region Masroor Barzani and Deputy Prime Minister Kebbad Talabani and the president of the Kurdistan region, Nechirvan Barzani. "
"During his meetings, Assistant Secretary Schenker expressed his support for the Iraqi government and urged it to conduct a prompt and transparent investigation into the violence that accompanied the recent popular demonstrations and to hold those responsible to account," she said. Peaceful protest is a fundamental democratic right. "
She continued, "The Assistant Secretary of State reiterated the continued bilateral cooperation of the United States to support a prosperous, stable and democratic Iraq, and encourage the Iraqi government to take immediate steps to address the economic and governmental concerns of the Iraqi people."