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Pompeo warns of smuggling Iranian ballistic missiles into Iraq

 

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday called for investigating reports of smuggling Iranian ballistic missiles into Iraq, considering the move a clear violation of Iraq's sovereignty and the UN Security Council resolutions.

 

Earlier in the day, Pompeo stressed that the Trump Administration would support Iraq's efforts to form a "moderate, nationalist" government that would serve all Iraqis.

In a statement, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert saidPompeo spoke with Iraq's PM Haider Abadi and VP Ayad Allawy.

Pompeo's call with Abadi tackled the importance of safeguarding Iraq's sovereignty during this critical time.

The results of Iraq's elections were ratified two weeks ago, paving the way for a new parliament to convene and elect a president and a prime minister, who would form a new government.

The process is complicated by political wrangling. A coalition led by prominent Shiite cleric Moqtada Al Sadr won the largest number of seats.

 

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