Secretary Pompeo Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq
Meetings Held With Iraqi Leadership in Baghdad and Erbil
As a part of a tour to reassure allies of the US's commitment to security and stability in the Middle East, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo paid a surprise visit to Iraq on Wednesday. His first stop was in Baghdad, where he met with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul al-Mahdi and other Iraqi leaders. He then moved on to Erbil, where he met with members of the Iraqi Kurdistan government.
During his meeting with Iraqi leaders, Secretary Pompeo discussed how the U.S. could support Iraqi Security Forces "to ensure ISIS' lasting defeat." He also discussed President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. "We're having conversations with them even as we speak about how we will effectuate this in a way that protects our forces, make sure that the Americans as we withdraw are safe," Secretary Pompeo stated. He also pointed out that making sure that "those folks that fought with us" are protected as the U.S. departs from Syria.
- For traveling safety for Secretary Pompeo and his team.
- For wisdom for President Trump, Secretary Pompeo, and all other leaders in charge of overseeing the departure of U.S. troops from Syria.
- For continued protection for U.S. troops and U.S. allied troops as they continue to work to keep peace in the Middle East.