Remarks With Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Before Their Meeting
Secretary of State
PRIME MINISTER ABADI: Mr. Secretary.
SECRETARY TILLERSON: Nice to see you.
PRIME MINISTER ABADI: Very nice to see you.
SECRETARY TILLERSON: Indeed. I’m glad we were able to see one another. How are you?
PRIME MINISTER ABADI: (Inaudible.)
SECRETARY TILLERSON: Yes.
PARTICIPANT: Excellency, nice to see you again.
SECRETARY TILLERSON: Nice to see you again, indeed.
PRIME MINISTER ABADI: Deputy chief of (inaudible).
SECRETARY TILLERSON: These are all familiar faces. (Laughter.) How are you?
PRIME MINISTER ABADI: Chairman of reconstruction for the (inaudible).
SECRETARY TILLERSON: How are you (inaudible)? How are you? Nice to see you. Nice to see you.
Thanks so much for this opportunity to meet, and we weren’t sure – in Davos, you never know. (Laughter.)
PRIME MINISTER ABADI: When did you arrive?
PARTICIPANT: Eleven o’clock today.
SECRETARY TILLERSON: About 11 o’clock this morning.
PRIME MINISTER ABADI: Oh, today? Okay.
SECRETARY TILLERSON: Yeah, yeah.
PRIME MINISTER ABADI: So you don’t suffer from jetlag?
SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, I was in Paris for a few days before for some other meetings, in London the day before, so I’ve been in Europe this week. So I’m all caught up.
PARTICIPANT: Okay. Thank you so much.