Iraq, US affirm commitment to US troop withdrawal - state media

Iraq and the United States have affirmed their commitment to the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq without giving a timeline, state news agency INA said on Friday (June 12), citing Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.

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Iraq's parliament had voted earlier this year for the departure of foreign troops from Iraq, and US and other coalition troops have been leaving as part of a drawdown.

Al-Kadhimi said the US-Iraq Strategic Dialogue recognised the Iraqi parliament's decision on the US withdrawal, INA reported with no further details.

It was unclear whether that would include military trainers which most parties, including some backed by regional heavyweight Iran, have said would be acceptable to remain in Iraq.

In a joint statement on the US-Iraq Strategic Dialogue, Washington said it would continue reducing forces and discuss with the Iraqi government the status of the remaining forces, stressing it does not seek permanent bases or a permanent military presence in Iraq.

The United States also discussed providing economic advisors to work directly with the Iraqi government to help advance international support for Iraq’s reform efforts, in light of the consequences of coronavirus pandemic and the decline in oil prices, the joint statement added.