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Trump hails Iraqis for defeating ISIS in Mosul in phone call with Abadi

US President Donald Trump has congratulated the Iraqi prime minister for the liberation of Mosul from ISIS and the enemies of civilization, the office of Haider al-Abadi said on Wednesday.

Abadi’s media office said in statement that Trump had expressed his appreciation and respect for the Iraqi leadership and soldiers, noting that driving ISIS out of Mosul was echoing around the world.

The Iraqi prime minister had in return thanked the United States for its support in the fight against ISIS and urging the acceleration of efforts to defeat the group in other areas they still control in the country.

Abadi meanwhile stressed that Iraqis themselves made sacrifices to liberate their country from the grip of terrorism and “that they are the ones who govern themselves and will not allow anyone to overstep their sovereignty, country and wealth.”

He also said Iraq had been successful in overcoming all the obstacles in the way of restoring stability to the country and returning displaced persons home.

In a separate statement on Monday, Trump congratulated Iraqis on the occasion of the liberation of Mosul, adding that people of the United States grieve with the “heroic” Iraqi soldiers and Kurdish Peshmerga  “who gave their lives to restore life to their country.”

“We congratulate Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the Iraqi Security Forces, and all Iraqis for their victory over terrorists who are the enemies of all civilized people,” read the statement released by the White House.

Abadi declared Monday evening “the end, the collapse, and the failure of the false terror state of ISIS,” in Mosul.

ISIS militants controlled Mosul from June 10, 2014, until July 10, 2017.