Secretary of State Mike Pompeo makes an unannounced trip to Iraq amid the tensions in Iran
BAGHDAD: American State Secretary Mike Pompeo Made An Unannounced Visit To Baghdad On Tuesday And Spoke With Iraq ' S Prime Minister And Other Senior Officials To Discuss The Security Of Americans In Iraq And Declare American Security Issues Amid Increasing Iranian Activities
The Visit Came Two Days After US National Security Adviser John Bolton Said The United States Deploys The USS Abraham Lincoln And A Bomber Task To The Region Because Of" A Credible Threat By Iranian Government Forces."
Concerns About Threat Of Iranian Forces Comes After Washington Has Sanced The Teethan In The Last Months For His Nuclear Program And The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Are Terrorist.
We've Talked To Them About The Importance Of Iraq And Making Sure It Can Adequately Protect Americans In Their Country, Pompeo Told Reporters After Meeting With Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.
A Source Of The Iraqi Government Confirmed The Meeting With Abdul Mahdi But Did Not Comment On The Details.
Pompeo Said That The Purpose Of The Meeting Was Also To Let Iraqi Officials Know More About The Increased Threat Stream That We Had Seen So That They Could Effectively Protect American Troops.
Pompeo Said He Pronounced American Support For Iraqi Sovereignty, And Noted," We Don't Want Anyone To Interfere In Their Country, Especially By Attacking Another Nation Within Iraq."
Asked Before Iran's Meetings Or Iran Threatened The Baghdad Government, Which Raised US Concerns About Iraq's Sovereignty, Pompeo Said," No, Generally This Is Our Position Since National Security Strategy In The Beginning Of Trump Management. "
Asked About The Decision To Move The Aircraft Carrier And Bomber Task Force To The Region, Pompeo Said Washington Wanted To Defend Its Interests Against The Iranian Threat And Make Sure It Had The Armed Forces Needed To Reach That Goal.
The Message We Send To The Iranians I Hope Place Us In A Position That We Can Scare Us Off And The Iranians Will Think Two Times About Attacking US Interests, Pompeo Said, Noting That The American Intelligence Service Was" Very Specific" . About Attacks That Were On Hands
He Said The United States Has Urged Iraq To Act Quickly To Bring Independent Iran-controlled Militias Under Central Government Control, Pointing Out That They Are Making Iraq A" Less Stable Nation" .
Pompeo Also Said Iraqi Officials Spoke About Their Energy And Infrastructure Needs, Especially In The Electricity, Oil And Natural Gas Sectors. He Said They Discussed Ways To Make Rapid Progress With Projects That Could Improve The Lives Of Iraq.