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Pompeo demands Abdul Mahdi limit Iranian companies' activities in Iraq

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi to reduce the activities of Iranian companies operating in Iraq, a political source said.

The recent visit of Pompeo to Iraq focused on the economic sector and on how Iraq would commit to the US sanctions on Iran, according to the same source.

Pompeo expressed that the United States is worried that Iran may send funds to some parties and figures in Iraq who are loyal to Tehran, according to the source, in order to help the latter get rid of the siege.

Abdul Mahdi assured Pompeo that Iraq is working according to the country's interest, adding that everyone in Iraq is committed to the country's official stance, the source added.

 

Pompeo met leaders in Iraq’s capital and its semi-autonomous Kurdistan region on Wednesday, aiming to reassure them about Washington’s plans following President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement last month of abrupt withdrawal from Syria.

The unannounced visits to Baghdad and the Kurdish regional capital Erbil came on the second day of a Middle East tour also taking in Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman.

The U.S. State Department said on Friday, that the United States plans to jointly host a global summit focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, next month in Poland, Reuters reported.

The gathering will take place in Warsaw from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, it said in a statement. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News in an interview to air on Friday that the meeting would "focus on Middle East stability and peace and freedom and security here in this region, and that includes an important element of making sure that Iran is not a destabilizing influence."

Last Modified: Friday، 11 January 2019 08:09 PM
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