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Australian PM arrives in Iraq to visit troops: source

Australian PM Scott Morrison
Two days after Trump's surprise visit, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrived in Iraq on Friday in an unannounced visit to check his country's military personnel, a government source said.

Morrison arrived to Iraq on board of an Australian cargo plane with the commander of Australian forces, the source said, adding that he visited the Australian military base Taji Camp north of Baghdad.

Morrison did not meet any Iraqi official, the source said, adding that he checked nearly 800 Australian soldiers serving as trainers of the Iraqi armed forces.

The purpose of Morrison's visit was to congratulate the Australian military on the occasion of Christmas and the New Year and to convey the greetings and appreciation of the Australian government and people.

US President Donald Trump arrived in Iraq on Wednesday, accompanied by US First Lady Melania Trump and other US officials, in a quick, secret visit, prompting angry responses of political parties that are believed to be loyal to Iran.
Last Modified: Friday، 28 December 2018 11:23 PM