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Baghdad today – follow up
Today, Sunday (November 22, 2020), US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed the support of the Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi and his team.
Pompeo said in a press statement from Abu Dhabi: “We want to see a free Iraq as the demonstrators want it, and we support Al-Kazemi and his team to reach a free and prosperous Iraq.”
He added, “The United States’ steps towards Iran’s militia in Iraq will be announced at the appropriate time,” he said.
The Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, had received, on Tuesday (November 17, 2020), a phone call from the Secretary of State of the United States of America, Mike Pompeo .
Al-Kazemi’s media office stated, in a statement received (Baghdad Today), a copy of it, that “the Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, received a phone call Tuesday evening from the Secretary of State of the United States of America, Mike Pompeo, during which bilateral relations between the two countries were discussed, as well as On the development of the situation in the region. ”
According to the statement, the communication also discussed “the development of cooperation between the two countries in various fields. They also discussed the future of cooperation between Iraq and the international coalition led by the United States of America, in light of the growing Iraqi capabilities in fighting terrorism . ”
A day later, Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein announced, Wednesday (November 18, 2020), that the United States’ decision to withdraw 500 of its forces from Iraq came after the phone call between Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Hussein said in a press conference, in Baghdad, which he watched (Baghdad today), that “Al-Kazemi and Pompeo agreed during a phone call to withdraw 500 American military personnel from Iraq.”
He added, “We confirmed during the meeting that there will be timelines for scheduling the withdrawal and after announcing the agreement, we saw that there are steps for strategic dialogue that have been confirmed after reducing the number of US forces in Iraq from 5,200 personnel to 3,000.”
Hussein added, “After the important contact between Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, it was agreed to withdraw 500 military personnel, as the remaining number of soldiers will reach 2,500.”
He pointed out that “the nature of the remaining forces will not be combat, and we have entered the fourth and final stage, which includes entering phase zero with the end of the fourth stage, and the combat operations that were caused by the entry of ISIS into Iraq will end.”
The foreign minister emphasized that “the presence of the American forces and the international coalition in Iraq came under an official claim from the Iraqi government,” noting that “ISIS was defeated in Iraq, but there are cells in a number of regions.”
He pointed out that “the future work with the coalition forces and the American side will continue on the basis of joint work with the Iraqi forces and the Iraqi Operations Room is the one that decided in the field of intelligence exchange, air cover and support, training and equipping of Iraqi forces,” stressing “the continuation of the work of the coalition and NATO in Iraq.” .
Regarding the targeting of the Green Zone yesterday, the Foreign Minister said, “It is a blatant assault by criminal and terrorist organizations on the Green Zone,” considering that targeting “an attack on the Iraqi government and the Iraqi people, which caused civilian casualties.”
Hussein stressed, “We condemn and condemn these operations, and the government is determined to fight these criminal terrorist actors that attack Iraqi institutions.”
He indicated that “yesterday the cabinet discussed preparing the atmosphere for the upcoming and early elections, and a set of decisions were taken to support the commission, and the cabinet took a decision to send a letter to the Security Council in New York to obtain international support for the electoral process and send international observers to monitor the elections to enhance the integrity of the elections and confidence in the political process.” .
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