Following the US airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian top general Soleimani and two leaders of the Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Force, a move that was not authorised by the country’s government, Iraq’s parliament adopted a motion to expel all foreign military forces present in the country, including US troops.
The US State Department has announced that any new American delegation sent to Iraq would discuss matters of returning to a strategic partnership rather than troop withdrawal with the country’s government.
“There does, however, need to be a conversation between the US and Iraqi governments not just regarding security, but about our financial, economic, and diplomatic partnership”, the State Department said.
The press release further noted that Washington seeks to be “a friend and partner to a sovereign, prosperous, and stable Iraq”, while stating that the US military presence in the country will persist in order to fight Daesh* and protect Americans, Iraqis, and US-led coalition partners.
The State Department also announced that it would be discussing NATO’s involvement in Iraq with the alliance’s delegation during a meeting that will take place later on 10 January. It noted that the discussion is being held in line with US President Donald Trump’s earlier call for NATO to be more involved in Middle East issues.
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