Shafaq News/ White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Friday that President Joe Biden will receive Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi next Monday.
“President Biden will meet with the Iraqi prime minister at the White House on Monday,” Psaki said in a briefing.
She explained that this visit will take place within the framework of developing the strategic partnership between the two countries and will provide the two leaders with an opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues on the bilateral agenda, such as education, economy, climate change and security.
Earlier on Friday, the fourth and final strategic dialogue round between the two countries kicked off in Washington, DC.
According to US officials, it is expected that the United States and Iraq will officially announce the end of the US combat mission in Iraq by the end of this year, and that the two countries will continue the transition process towards providing training and advice to Iraqi forces.
There are currently 2,500 US military personnel in Iraq, focused on confronting ISIS remnants.
The measure is not expected to have a significant impact, especially since the United States has already moved to focus on training Iraqi forces.
But the announcement, which is expected to be issued after US President Joe Biden’s meeting with the Iraqi Prime Minister in Washington next week, will be issued at a politically sensitive time for the Iraqi government and may be seen internally in Iraq as a victory.
A senior US defense official, who asked not to be named, said, “The main point that we will hear and I think is very important is that the Biden administration wants to stay in Iraq because the Iraqi government invited us there and asked us to continue to do so.”
Talks are continuing between the United States and Iraq, and will deal in particular with the mission of the American soldiers deployed on Iraqi soil, at a time when there are fears of an open conflict in Iraq between Baghdad’s allies, the United States and Iran.