The iraqi prime minister, Mustafa al-Kazimi, will be received by the us president, Donald Trump, August 20, in Washington, announced the White House Friday in a press release.
“This visit comes at a critical time both for the United States to Iraq, while we continue to work to ensure the defeat of sustainable EI [group Islamic State] and deal with the challenges posed by the pandemic of sars coronavirus,” details the press release.
“As close partners,” the two countries will discuss their cooperation on matters of security, economic, energy and health, said the White House.
The announcement of this visit underlines a significant improvement in relations between Washington and Baghdad, after months of tensions, especially related to the death in January of the general iranian Qassem Soleimani and his lieutenant in iraq, killed in Baghdad in a raid ordered by the president Trump.
Added to this is the proliferation of rocket attacks against u.s. interests, charged by Washington with the forces pro-Iran.
The arrival to power of the ex-intelligence chief Mustafa al-Kazimi, who is close to Us and its arab allies, has changed the situation. Of responsible iraqi government said that the visit to Washington would be held very soon.
Baghdad and Washington have begun in June of a “strategic dialogue” which was supposed to decide the future of thousands of american soldiers present in Iraq in the framework of the coalition antijihadiste conducted by Washington. These soldiers are the subject of an expulsion decision of the iraqi Parliament.