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Samson: Abdul Mahdi begins tomorrow a tour of the Gulf

19th May, 2019

Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi will start a Gulf tour tomorrow, a senior official said Sunday.

The source said that “the Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, will be a Gulf tour to Qatar and Kuwait as of Monday.”

“Tomorrow we will go to Qatar and on Wednesday we will go to Kuwait,” he said.
“He will discuss the visit Iraqi-Gulf relations and recent developments in the region will be present in the talks.”    LINK


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Don961:  Pompeo conveys Washington’s message to Baghdad: Stand with us against Iran or neutrality

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo conveyed a message to Baghdad officials during his recent visit to the Iraqi capital amid tension between his country and Iran: “If you do not stand by us, stand by neutrality,” sources told the Associated Press news agency on Saturday. .

The letter, conveyed by two officials in the Iraqi government to the Associated Press, according to the agency reported in a report, on Iraq’s exact position: his government allied with two increasingly quarrelsome.

The two Iraqi officials said Pompeo transferred to Baghdad intelligence information received by the United States about a threat to US forces in Iraq, but kept them vague.
Pompeo did not specify the nature of the threat, according to the two officials who spoke to the Associated Press, on condition of anonymity.

Pompeo conveyed to the Iraqis a message:” If you do not stand by us, stand on neutrality ”

They pointed out that Pompeiro told Iraqi officials that Washington did not expect them to stand by the United States in any confrontation with Iran, but they should not stand against America; in other words, Iraq should stand aside.

Bombayo told the Iraqis that the United States had “an inherent right to self-defense” and that it would use it if US personnel, installations or interests were attacked by Iran or its agents in Iraq or anywhere, the agency quoted US officials as saying. else.

Three US officials who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private meetings in Baghdad said that Pompeo was not considering any preemptive strikes against Iran or the use of Iraqi territory for military operations.

US officials said Pompeo’s message was that the United States wanted to avoid conflict, but would respond or defend itself if necessary.

An Iraqi Defense Ministry general told the Associated Press that Iraq was taking precautionary measures in the light of information about threats against US interests, although these measures did not reach the highest levels.

“Iraqi forces are concerned that US forces could be targeted by pro-Iranian factions,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. He added that “any attack on US forces, may come in retaliation if the United States carried out a military operation against Iran.”

Relations between Washington and Tehran have become strained in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s decision this month to try to halt Iran’s oil exports altogether and strengthen the US presence in the Gulf in response to what he said were Iranian threats.

Earlier this week, Washington withdrew its diplomatic staff from its embassy in Baghdad following attacks at the weekend on four oil tankers in the Gulf.

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