Alhurra – Washington
August 21, 2020
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi with US President Donald Trump at the White House – 20 August 2020
In a statement issued Thursday, the White House described the US-Iraqi relations as a “strategic partnership” between the two countries.
The statement, which followed a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi at the White House, said that the partnership is based on “a common desire for security and prosperity.”
The statement mentioned the role of the international coalition in defeating ISIS on the ground in Iraq, led by the United States and Iraqi security forces together.
The statement concluded with the two sides pledging to continue efforts and close coordination to ensure that the organization does not form any new foci.
And US President Donald Trump said earlier Thursday that US forces are in Iraq to confront any possible Iranian move, during his meeting at the White House in Kazemi.
Trump added, “The United States has a limited number of troops in Iraq, and we look forward to the day when the need for our soldiers to stay there ends.”
Trump said that the United States has developed a relationship with this man (Al-Kazemi) and he will be strong with regard to Iraq.
Commenting on the repeated attacks against US interests in Iraq, Trump said, “At some point, it is clear that we will leave Iraq. We deal with the attacks easily. Nobody has the weapons that we have. When someone hits us, we hit them hard.”