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US Secretary of State Pompeo meets Halboosi in Baghdad

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks alongside Iraq's Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halboosi in Baghdad, Iraq, during a Middle East tour, January 9, 2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Iraq’s Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halboosi in Baghdad on Wednesday.

Pompeo is set to meet Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi, White House Spokesperson Sarah Sanders said.

The Secretary of State is touring Middle Eastern capitals, weeks after President Donald Trump’s abrupt announcement that he will pull all 2,000 US troops from Syria, which caused alarm among US allies in the region.

 

The visit was planned two weeks ago, during the visit of President Trump to US base in Iraq's Anbar on December 26, where he announced that his top diplomat will visit the country to meet Abd al-Mahdi, inviting the latter to visit Washington.

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