Pompeo: We will not close our embassy in Baghdad and protect it by all means
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the United States will not close its embassy in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] will not withdraw its forces from [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] it will do everything necessary to protect the embassy from any new aggression.
Pompeo confirmed, in an interview with the American "Fox News" television, that the administration of President Donald Trump will continue to pressure Iran, accusing it of practicing terrorism since the revolution 40 years ago.
In response to a question during the interview, whether recent events will push Washington to withdraw its 5,000 soldiers from [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] and close its embassy, Pompeo said: "We will not withdraw our forces and we will not close the embassy ... We are now strengthening our forces there and will protect the embassy with all the means available to us." .
He added: “We want our embassy to continue in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]In her work, we will not allow anyone to threaten her ... I assure you that we will do everything we can to ensure the security and safety of the embassy and its personnel against any attack. ”
In response to a question about what will happen in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] in the event of the departure of the American forces, he answered: “This is a hypothetical question and we, in turn, will continue our mission to support and train Iraqi forces to be able to combat terrorism and confront any threat from ISIS.”
Commenting on Iran’s role, Pompeo said: “We are facing a country that has been involved in global terrorist campaigns for 40 years and dreams of acquiring a nuclear weapon. So we will continue to press Iran and hold it responsible for any provocative actions it undertakes while mobilizing the necessary resources to do so.”
Washington announced yesterday that it will send 750 additional soldiers to the region to protect its embassy in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] after storming it from pro-Iranian groups on Tuesday and setting fire to parts of it.
"Fox News" and the American "Associated Press" agency published pictures of the embassy damage, which it described as shocking.
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