Remarks With Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Before Their Meeting 

Remarks
Rex W. Tillerson
Secretary of State
Kongress Hotel
Davos, Switzerland
January 25, 2018


SECRETARY TILLERSON: Hello, Mr. Prime Minister.

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.