U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
January 9, 2019
The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Iraqi President Barham Salih. The Secretary and President Salih discussed U.S. support in helping to address Iraq’s political, economic, and security challenges and commended President Salih’s recent diplomatic efforts. Secretary Pompeo also emphasized the U.S. commitment to Iraq’s sovereignty and independence, and the importance of Iraq as a strategic partner in the region. The Secretary highlighted the resumption of oil exports via the Kirkuk oil pipeline and the importance of continued steps towards Iraq’s energy independence. The two leaders also discussed the recent territorial defeat of ISIS and U.S. support for Iraqi Security Forces to ensure ISIS’ lasting defeat.