Trump calls on Congress to support his candidate for US ambassador to Iraq

Trump calls on Congress to support his candidate for US ambassador to Iraq

2018/11/16 15:44

Trump calls on Congress to support his candidate for US ambassador to Iraq(International: Al Furat News) US President Donald Trump called on the Senate to support his candidate for US ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Toler.
Trump yesterday sent an official invitation to the Senate to approve the appointment of Toller as the successor to Douglas Seleman, who took over the US Embassy in Baghdad in 2016.
Toller, who is fluent in Arabic, served as US ambassador to Yemen since 2014 and previously served as US ambassador to Kuwait , And held high-level positions in the embassies of Washington in Cairo, Baghdad and Riyadh.
The agency “Associated Press” that the nomination of Toller came at a time when the US administration is trying to intensify pressure on Iran, amid calls in Congress to curb Tehran’s influence in Iraq.
In a speech to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s counterterrorism platform on Thursday, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Bo pointed out strong criticism to US diplomats working in Iraq, accusing them of engaging with Iranian-backed forces in the country.
For his part, the US State Department’s counterterrorism coordinator, Nathan Sills, confirmed to the platform that the recent missile attacks in Baghdad and Basra have clearly demonstrated the threat posed by Iran to US forces in the region, “he said.

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