U.S. Secretary of Point out Mike Pompeo speaks during a push meeting at the U.S. Department of Point out on November 18, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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WASHINGTON — The Point out Department reported in a statement Friday that the U.S. will not maintain conversations with Iraq concerning American troop withdrawal from the region.
“At this time, any delegation sent to Iraq would be focused to talking about how to most effective recommit to our strategic partnership — not to focus on troop withdrawal, but our proper, proper power posture in the Middle East,” Point out Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus reported in a statement.
“There does, having said that, need to be a discussion concerning the U.S. and Iraqi governments not just concerning safety, but about our fiscal, financial, and diplomatic partnership. We want to be a good friend and partner to a sovereign, prosperous, and stable Iraq,” Ortagus extra, crafting that “The usa is a power for very good in the Middle East.”
The most current revelation from the Point out Department additional deepens confusion above designs for U.S. troops in the location.
On Sunday, Iraq’s parliament passed a nonbinding resolution contacting for the removing of American forces and other foreign troops from the region in the wake of a U.S. airstrike in Iraq that killed Iran’s prime general, Qasem Soleimani.
A day later, a letter from U.S. Marine Corps Gen. William Seely to Iraq’s Defense Ministry reported the withdrawal of U.S. coalition troops was developing “in due deference to the sovereignty of the Republic of Iraq, and as requested” by the nation’s key minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, and the Iraqi parliament.
In the letter, Seely wrote that coalition troops “will be repositioning forces above the course of the coming days and months to prepare for onward movement.”
“In buy to conduct this process, Coalition Forces are necessary to get selected actions to assure the movement out of Iraq is carried out in a risk-free and productive manner,” he extra.
In the wake of the letter, the Pentagon acknowledged that the letter informing Iraq’s Defense Ministry that U.S.-led coalition troops would go away Iraq “was a oversight.”
“A draft unsigned letter that was obtained by an Iraqi formal has no import. It has no price in any way,” Secretary of Defense Mark Esper reported Tuesday in an job interview with CNN.
“I will say this, the United States is not withdrawing from Iraq. In reality, in my conversations with my counterpart, the Iraqi defense minister, I conveyed to him that we do want to continue to be in Iraq and we want to continue on the essential defeat ISIS mission,” he extra.
“That letter is a draft, it was a oversight, it was unsigned, it must never have been produced,” Joint Chiefs of Team Chairman Gen. Mark Milley informed reporters at the Pentagon on Monday.
“Badly worded, implies withdrawal,” Milley reported. “That is not what’s going on.”
Alongside Milley, Esper informed reporters previously in the day that the U.S. was “repositioning forces during the location.”
On Tuesday, Iraq’s key minister reported that the U.S. navy sent a letter concerning American troop withdrawal from the region but that the English model did not match the Arabic model.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi reported that his region requested clarifications on U.S. designs.