Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halboosi thanked the US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas A. Silliman for his efforts to develop and strengthen relations between Baghdad and Washington.
Silliman, who had been serving in Baghdad since September 2016, is returning to his country after finishing his term.
Halboosi stressed the importance of developing cooperation between Baghdad and Washington, praising the US security and economic support to Iraq, calling for more joint cooperation on all levels to achieve development and stability of Iraq and the region in general.
On his side, Silliman praised the strong bonds of friendship between the two countries, expressing his country's keenness to continue supporting the democratic process in Iraq and help the country to overcome its economic and security challenges.
Silliman served as US ambassador to Kuwait from 2014 until July 2016.
In 2013-2014, he served as a Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in the Department of State in Washington, DC, working on Iraq issues and the US-Africa Leaders Summit.
He was Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq from 2012 to 2013 and Minister Counselor for Political Affairs in Baghdad from 2011 to 2012.
He was the Deputy Chief of Mission in Ankara, Turkey from 2008 to 2011. He joined the Department of State in 1984 and is a career member of Senior Foreign Service.