Baghdad, Feb 5 (IANS) Caretaker Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi met with the visiting commander of the United States Central Command over the withdrawal of foreign forces from Iraq.
During Abdul Mahdi’s meeting with Kenneth F. McKenzie on Tuesday, they discussed the Iraqi parliament resolution to withdraw foreign forces, “which would contribute to maintaining security and stability of Iraq,” according to a statement by the prime minister’s media office, Xinhua news agency reported.
The two also discussed cooperation in combating terrorism, and the need to keep Iraq away from the conflict of other countries or to use its territories to attack other countries.
For his part, McKenzie expressed the US keenness to continue cooperation with Iraq against terrorism, support the capabilities and training of its forces, and enhance Iraq’s security and stability.
On January 5, the Iraqi parliament passed a resolution requiring the government to end the presence of foreign forces in Iraq, just two days after a US drone strike on a convoy near Baghdad International Airport, which killed Qassem Soleimani, former commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy chief of Iraq’s paramilitary Hashd Shaabi forces.
More than 5,000 US troops are deployed in Iraq to support the Iraqi forces in the battles against the Islamic State militants, mainly providing training and advising to the Iraqi forces.