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US, Iraq leaders declare their commitment to strong bilateral partnership between their countries

US President Joe Biden met Saturday with Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi of Iraq in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in a bilateral meeting during the Summit of the United States and the Gulf Cooperation Council and Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan, the White House informed in a joint statement.

“During the meeting, the two leaders reaffirmed their shared commitment to the strong bilateral partnership between Iraq and the United States under the Strategic Framework Agreement and their determination to continue security coordination to ensure that ISIS can never resurge,” the statement added.

“President Biden and Prime Minister Al-Kadhimi also consulted on a range of regional issues. The leaders agreed that the relationship between the U.S. and Iraq is based on a shared interest in Iraq’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, security, and stability and committed to bolstering the bilateral partnership for the benefit of their two nations,” the statement noted.

“They also reaffirmed the importance of forming a new Iraqi government responsive to the will of the Iraqi people and their respect for Iraq’s democracy and independence.  President Biden underscored the importance the United States places on a stable, united, sovereign, and prosperous Iraq, to include Iraq’s Kurdistan region,” the statement said.

“President Biden also welcomed Prime Minister Al-Kadhimi’s initiative to bring Saudi Arabia and Iran together for talks in Baghdad.  The President expressed his appreciation for the Prime Minister’s forward-thinking diplomacy in the interest of a safer, more stable region.  He also commended the Baghdad Summit, and the unique relationship between Iraq, Jordan, and Egypt, which the United States stands ready to support,” the statement added.