Political sources said on Thursday that Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi refused to meet US President Donald Trump at the base of Ain al-Assad in Anbar province.
The US ambassador met with Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi on Wednesday morning and informed him of the date of the US president’s arrival at the base and asked him to meet with him, the sources said.
“Abdul Mahdi said he had to go to the base of Ain al-Assad in return for Trump’s arrival in Baghdad and not to address the sanctions against Iran,” he said, pointing out that the US ambassador had refused to bring Trump to Baghdad for security reasons.
She said Abdul-Mahdi told the American ambassador that he would not accept Trump at the base.
The US president arrived in Ain al-Assad in Anbar province on Wednesday for a surprise visit.
The visit sparked a stir in political circles and on social networking sites because of Trump’s violation of Iraq’s sovereignty.
The Iraqi parliament has announced its intention to convene an emergency session to discuss Trump’s visit to Iraq.