US Vice President Mike Pence spoke on Monday with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi, where they discussed opportunities to advance the strategic partnership between the US and Iraq, the White House said in a statement.
The two leaders discussed continuing to work together to strengthen and professionalize Iraq’s Security Forces and grow Iraq’s economy.
Pence welcomed news of Iraq’s recent economic and trade agreements with Jordan and the Prime Minister’s upcoming travel as major steps towards Iraq’s reintegration in the region after the territorial defeat of ISIS.
For his part, Abd al-Mahdi also updated the Vice President on the Iraqi government’s efforts to exhume the mass graves of ISIS’s genocide against Yazidis in Sinjar.
The Prime Minister also conveyed that he would personally investigate security and economic impediments noted by Pence as preventing the return of many of Iraq’s religious components and other displaced persons.