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The US president to meet the Iraqi Prime Minister on Monday

Category: Iraq News

Date: 2021-07-23T19:42:08+0000
The US president to meet the Iraqi Prime Minister on Monday

Shafaq News/ US’s White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Friday that President Joe Biden will receive Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi next Monday.

"President Biden will meet with the Iraqi prime minister at the White House on Monday," Psaki said in a briefing.

She added that this visit will take place within the framework of developing the strategic partnership between the two countries and will provide the two leaders with an opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues on the bilateral agenda, such as education, economy, climate change, and security.

The United States and Iraq are expected to formalize the end of Washington's combat mission in Iraq by the end of the year and continue the transition toward training and advising Iraqi forces, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

There are currently 2,500 U.S. troops in Iraq focusing on countering the remnants of the Islamic State. The move is not expected to have a major impact since the United States has already moved toward focusing on training Iraqi forces.

But the announcement, set to come after President Joe Biden meets his Iraqi counterpart in Washington next week, will be at a politically delicate time for the Iraq government and could be seen as a victory domestically in Baghdad.

"The key point that you're going to hear conveyed and I think is just incredibly important is that the Biden administration wants to stay in Iraq because the Iraqi government has invited us and requested that we continue to do so," a senior defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said.

"The mission doesn't change ... how we support the Iraqi security forces in the defeat ISIS mission is what we're talking about," the official added.

The official said there would be a focus on logistics, maintenance of equipment, and helping Iraqi forces further develop their intelligence and surveillance capabilities.

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