US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit to Baghdad on Wednesday to meet Iraqi leaders as a part of an extensive tour of the Middle East in a bid to reassure its allies of Washington's commitment to the region, Iraqi state television reported.
Trump surprised the US forces stationed in Iraq with a visit on December 26, but left without meeting any Iraqi officials. Mahdi then said that a planned meeting with the US President was cancelled over disagreements and replaced by a telephone conversation.
During the first leg of his visit, Pompeo claimed the withdrawal of the US forces from Syria would not impact the fight against the Islamic State terror organization and pledged to double the pressure on Iran.
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