Office Of The Spokesperson
January 2, 2020
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with the Speaker of Iraq’s Council of Representatives Mohammed al-Halbousi. Secretary Pompeo expressed his appreciation for the condemnation of the December 31 Iran-backed terrorist attack on U.S. Embassy Baghdad issued by the Speaker and the Coalition of Iraqi Forces political bloc. The Secretary and the Speaker agreed that the Government of Iraq had an obligation to prevent further attacks against our diplomatic mission. The Secretary affirmed that we want an Iraq that is free, independent, and sovereign, and stressed that the United States, under President Trump, will continue to work toward that end.