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Pompeo in Baghdad on unannounced visit

IANS  |  Baghdad 

US made a surprise visit to on Wednesday to meet Iraqi leaders as a part of an extensive tour of the in a bid to reassure its allies of Washington's commitment to the region, Iraqi state television reported.

Pompeo's trip came after US announced in December a pullout of the US troops from Syria, a move that led to the resignation of his

said welcomed Pompeo in and the US was expected to meet and other top officials.

Trump surprised the US forces stationed in with a visit on December 26, but left without meeting any Iraqi officials. Mahdi then said that a planned meeting with the US was cancelled over disagreements and replaced by a

Pompeo started his tour in on Tuesday and is scheduled to visit Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait, news reported.

During the first leg of his visit, Pompeo claimed the withdrawal of the US forces from would not impact the fight against the and pledged to double the pressure on



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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 16:42 IST