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Mike Pence, US Vice President Donald Trump, has sent a message to participants in the International Forum for Investment and Reconstruction in Nineveh, held in the city of Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region, in which he talked about the importance of his recent visit to the region.
US Ambassador Matthew Toller read out the message as the forum began.
“You play a key role in expanding trade relations between the United States and Iraq,” Pence said.
On his visit to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, Pence said that “the recent visit to Iraq, Erbil is the result of the importance and full commitment of America in the development of bilateral relations, and support the achievements of Iraq as a country of prosperity, sovereignty and independence.”
On the importance of the forum, the US vice president said, “There is no doubt that this forum will be a factor to find a steady work for Iraqis, especially for males and females of young people, as well as it will be a factor in order to maintain Iraq’s ancient civilization.”
At the end of the letter, Pence thanked the Kurdistan Regional Government, which helped to convene the forum, saying, “There is no doubt that America with a free democratic and prosperous Iraq.”
Pence last month made a surprise visit to Iraq, during which he inspected his country’s forces at the Ayn al-Asad airbase (western Iraq), met with senior officials of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and only telephoned Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.