The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with the Speaker of Iraq’s Council of Representatives Mohammed al-Halbousi. Secretary Pompeo discussed President Trump’s recent decision to take defensive action in response to imminent threats to American lives.. The Secretary expressed his appreciation for al-Halbousi’s continued partnership with the United States. Secretary Pompeo and Speaker al-Halbousi agreed on the importance of reducing tensions in Iraq and the region. The Secretary reaffirmed that we want an Iraq that is free, independent, and sovereign, and stressed that the United States, under President Trump, will continue to work toward that end.


U.S. Department of State

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