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Pompeo and his Qatari counterpart discuss the situation in Iraq

Discussed the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, with his Qatari counterpart, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, the situation in Iraq.

The Qatar News Agency (QNA) said, in a tweet on Twitter, that “the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs received a phone call from the US Secretary of State, during which they reviewed bilateral cooperation relations and the developments of the Gulf crisis.”

The two ministers also discussed, according to the Qatari agency, “developments in the situation in the region, especially the situation in Iraq, in addition to issues of common concern.”

This comes while Iraq is witnessing an escalation after the bombing of the US embassy in Baghdad and the accompanying US, Iranian and Iraqi statements alike.

The outgoing US President Donald Trump announced – via Twitter – that he would hold Iran responsible in the event that any American was killed, and it must think carefully.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatib Zadeh responded to Trump and the US Central Command’s statements, saying: Such repeated statements and accusations are unfounded, considering that they come within the framework of the accepted policy of drop by the White House for the purpose of misleading the very difficult conditions that are going through Trump now has it.

He added yesterday that “Iran has always announced its refusal to target diplomatic and residential centers. On this particular issue, the finger of blame is directed at America itself and its partners and allies in the region who are seeking escalation and stirring up new seditions.”

Yesterday, the Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi, announced his country’s refusal to target diplomatic missions in Iraq, including the US embassy.

Masjedi said in a press statement carried by the Iranian Fars News Agency that Iran “has never been involved in targeting the American embassy. We do not know who targets the American embassy. We will never accept such action. We do not support any party in targeting the American embassy. We do not want Iraq to be an arena for war with United State”. Source