US refuses Iraq’s request to discuss its troop withdrawal

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

11th Jan, 2020. 01:00 am
United States

The US said Friday it would not discuss pulling troops from Iraq after its caretaker prime minister asked Washington to send a delegation to begin withdrawal arrangements, BOL News learnt.

The State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said, in a statement, the US is ready for “a conversation” but not about removing troops.

The prime minister said earlier on Friday that he had asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to send a delegation from the United States to discuss steps for the withdrawal of the approximately 5,200 American troops from his country, in the aftermath of a deadly American military strike ordered by President Trump that many Iraqis say violated their country’s sovereignty.

According to the details, He asked Pompeo to “send delegates to Iraq to prepare a mechanism to carry out the parliament’s resolution regarding the withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq,” according to the statement.

“We are happy to continue the conversation with the Iraqis about what the right structure is,” Mr. Pompeo said at a news conference after the State Department had made its announcement. He stressed that the mission of the United States in Iraq was to train Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State, and “we’re going to continue that mission.”

“The prime minister said American forces had entered Iraq and drones are flying in its airspace without permission from Iraqi authorities, and this was a violation of the bilateral agreements,” the statement added.

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Earlier, The Pakistan Foreign Office issued a travel advisory for in view of prevailing situation in the region.

The FO asked citizens to exercise maximum caution while planning to visit Iraq,

The Foreign Office statement said “in view of recent developments and the prevailing security situation in the region, Pakistani nationals are advised to exercise maximum caution while planning visit to Iraq at this point.”

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