US Assistant Secretary of State: The negotiations did not discuss scheduling the withdrawal of troops

US Assistant Secretary of State: The negotiations did not discuss scheduling the withdrawal of troops

6/13/2020 13:23

US Assistant Secretary of State - The negotiations did not discuss scheduling the withdrawal of troops[Follow_Eye]
US Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs David Schenker gave a briefing on the strategic dialogue between the United States and Iraq, while stressing that the negotiations did not discuss the scheduling of US troop withdrawals.
“We invited the government of Iraq to enter into a strategic dialogue under the Strategic Framework Agreement, and our government began the first session of the strategic dialogue via closed-circuit television, where the Iraqi delegation was headed by former Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Karim Hashem,” the website quoted the briefing as saying in response to reporters’ questions. Mustafa, the American delegation was headed by Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hill.
He added, “The session discussed many areas of bilateral cooperation, including security, economy, culture, and energy. On the American side, we also had representatives from the ministries of defense, treasury, and energy, as well as the National Security Council.”
He explained, “The Iraqi government has renewed its commitment to us to protect American and other forces present in Iraq at the invitation of the government to fight ISIS,” stressing by saying: “We have made it clear that we will continue to support the Iraqi government.”
In response to a question from CNN’s correspondent regarding a timetable for the withdrawal of US forces, Schenker replied, “There was no discussion of a timetable” for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
In response to a question from Sky News on the announcement of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi that there was a plan to assassinate him when he went to Mosul and whether there was any idea he had on the subject, Schenker answered, “Sorry, I cannot comment on that, but I would like to say only one thing, that The current Iraqi Prime Minister is a patriot and there are many forces in Iraq against these principles, and this will not surprise me. ”

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