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Mon. Jul 15th, 2024

The Iraqi Prime Minister, Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani, received the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Dan Shapiro, and his accompanying delegation in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

The meeting, which was attended by the US Ambassador to Iraq, Alina Romanowski, addressed the required procedures to end the mission of the international coalition to fight ISIS and the activation of bilateral ties between Iraq and the United States, according to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

The two sides discussed the current situation in the region and the ongoing aggression against Gaza.

Al-Sudani emphasized the Palestinian people’s suffering, their inability to get humanitarian supplies due to the suffocating blockade imposed by Israeli forces, and the international community’s reluctance to carry out its obligations by forcing the Israeli government to end the genocide.

Romanowski said via X, formerly Twitter, that Shapiro’s important visit to Iraq reflects the strong defense partnership between the US and Iraq and the United States commitment to supporting Iraq’s stability, security, and sovereignty.

“I am pleased to join Prime Minister Al-Sudani and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Dan Shapiro to discuss expanding the US-Iraq bilateral defense relationship and our joint efforts to address persistent security threats to the US, Iraq, and the region,” Romanowski added.

Shapiro emphasized the importance of Iraq’s role in reducing regional tensions, emphasizing the need for continued cooperation between the two countries in the areas of armament and security, as well as increasing the combat level of Iraqi forces to support Iraq’s security and sovereignty, as well as its economic development.

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