Iraq Asks For US Delegation to Prepare for US Troop Withdrawal
The Iraqi Parliament voted to expel US forces claiming violation of sovereignty
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Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi of Iraq said on January 10, 2020 that he had asked United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to send a delegation to prepare for the withdrawal of American troops from his country.
Amid outrage in Iraq about the American drone strike that killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, a top Iranian commander, in Baghdad last week, lawmakers voted on January 5, 2020 to expel United States forces, as ripples from the attack spread through the Middle East. This was reported by the New York Times.
In a phone call, which Mr. Abdul Mahdi’s office said Mr. Pompeo had initiated, the Iraqi prime minister said he had rejected the dual violations of his country’s sovereignty — referring to both the American attack and the retaliatory missile strikes by Iran on bases in Iraq.
“Iraq is keen on keeping the best of relations with its neighbors and its friends in the international community,” the prime minister’s office said in the statement.
|Source||The New York Times|