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Pompeo affirms supporting Iraq, respecting its sovereignty

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday affirmed support to Iraq and its sovereignty on Thursday, a statement by the Iraqi Foreign Ministry said.

Pompeo met with Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed al-Hakim on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting in Washington of the member states of the International Coalition to defeat ISIS, according to the statement.

Hakim earlier called on countries to help expose ISIS “sleeper cells” in Iraq and restore stability.

Pompeo said despite progress in fighting ISIS in Iraq, the group retained a strong presence in that country and was trying to mount a clandestine insurgency.

“The coalition must continue to support the government of Iraq in its efforts to secure the liberated areas of that country,” Pompeo said. “Mr. Foreign Minister, we’re with you,” he told Hakim.
Last Modified: Thursday، 07 February 2019 10:57 PM