USA says Trump did not see the Iraqi prime minister for security reasons

USA says Trump did not see the Iraqi prime minister for security reasons

US President Donald Trump could not be seen on his trip to Iraq with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdelmahdi, because for "security reasons" they could only tell him two hours before, according to the White House.

Speaking to journalists who traveled with the US president, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders explained that "for security reasons, the White House could only invite the prime minister two hours before the scheduled time for the meeting" .

Abdelmahdi "was in another part of Iraq and was unable to attend the meeting," Sanders added.

Faced with this, in a statement, the press office of the Iraqi prime minister said that the meeting did not occur due to a lack of agreement.

"It was supposed to be an official reception and a meeting between Prime Minister Adel Abdelmahdi and the US president, but there was a divergence of opinions to organize the meeting, which was replaced by a telephone conversation," the statement said.

During that telephone conversation, Trump invited Abdelmahdi to visit the White House and the prime minister accepted, detailed Sanders.

In addition, the spokesperson explained that US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, will meet with Abdelmahdi in Baghdad on January 11.

Trump and the first lady, Melania, visited on Wednesday by surprise the US troops deployed in Iraq, which was the first visit of the president to soldiers abroad.

The presidential couple visited the US base in Ain al Asad, in the Iraqi province of Al Anbar, in western Iraq; and on their return trip to Washington they stopped in Germany to greet the soldiers of Ramstein's US military base for about 45 minutes.

Last week Trump announced the withdrawal of the 2,000 US troops deployed in Syria as part of the international coalition against the Islamic State (IS).

According to local media, the ruler has also ordered the withdrawal of 7,000 of the 14,000 soldiers he has in Afghanistan, although this has not been officially confirmed.

In Iraq, the Pentagon has deployed some 5,200 soldiers as part of the coalition against IS.

Last week, Pompeo assured Abdelmahdi that the US remains committed to Iraq's "sovereignty and territorial integrity" and promised that the international coalition "will continue to work closely with the Iraqi Armed Forces to defeat the remnants of IS."


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