[size=36]Protecting American facilities and resolving disputes with the Kurds and Sunnis ... new details about the integration of Allawi and Pompeo[/size]
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, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held phone conversations with Prime Minister-designate Muhammad Allawi, in which he reiterated the United States' permanent commitment to a strong, sovereign and prosperous Iraq.
And State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagos issued a statement saying that the US Secretary welcomed Allawi's pledge to hold early elections to strengthen the democratic system in Iraq.
She said Pompeo had urged Allawi "to resolve differences with Kurdish and Sunni political leaders in Iraq to ensure success in pursuing the vital tasks facing his government."
The statement pointed out that Pompeo also stressed that Iraq is obligated to protect the forces, installations and diplomats of the United States and the international coalition.
Pompeo and Allawi discussed the ongoing popular protests in Iraq since last October and the urgency of the next government to put an end to the killing of demonstrators, to seek justice for the dead and wounded, and to respond to their legitimate grievances.
The Minister and the Prime Minister-designate agreed on the importance of starting reforms that improve the government’s position to provide the Iraqi people with a life of dignity, prosperity and security.
Allawi announced, on Saturday, that he will be presented during the days of his expected government formation, vowing to be independent and without the interference of the political parties.
In front of Allawi, who was named prime minister after a difficult consensus reached by the political blocs, until the second of next March to vote on it in Parliament, according to the constitution, knowing that the House of Representatives did not announce an extraordinary session during the parliamentary holiday that ends in the middle of next month.
The designated Iraqi Prime Minister called the parliament to vote to give confidence to his government ministers on Monday, and affirmed that its members are "outside the ruling political elite."
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have demonstrated since the beginning of last October to demand a change in the political system and the departure of the ruling class accused of corruption.
The demonstrations prompted Adel Abdul Mahdi's government to resign. The death toll from the protests reached about 550, most of them were demonstrators who were killed by security forces or militias, while the number of those injured reached about 30,000. Ended 29 / A 43