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Iraqi PM Al-Sudani to visit President Biden in Washington

Washington – President Joe Biden will welcome Iraq’s Prime Minister on April 15 for talks on the US troop presence, the White Dwelling declared Friday, as tensions subside following US clashes with professional-Iran militias.

It will mark the 1st vacation to Washington by Prime Minister Mohamed Shia Al-Sudani, who took workplace in Oct 2022.

Al-Sudani in the past has identified as for an exit of US forces, redeployed nearly 10 many years in the past as element of a marketing campaign to defeat the Islamic Condition extremist team, greater known as ISIS, which had seized huge swathes of Iraq and Syria.

Biden and Al-Sudani will talk about “our shared motivation to the lasting defeat of ISIS and evolution of the armed service mission,” a White Property assertion claimed.

Al-Sudani’s workplace claimed that the two would “discuss the long term relationship” amongst Iraq and the United States next the combat versus the extremists.

Tensions soared amid the Israel-Hamas war with armed teams joined to Iran carrying out a slew of assaults on positions in the Center East of the United States, the main ally of Israel.

The United States carried out reprisals after a drone strike killed three US troopers stationed in the Jordanian desert in late January.

A US drone strike inside of Baghdad killed Abu Baqir al-Saadi, a senior commander of Iran-lined Kataeb Hezbollah who was accused by the US navy of setting up and collaborating in the attacks on US forces.

Iraq, hoping not to be eaten by US-Iran hostility, protested the strike.

But quiet has mostly returned and tensions have subsided concerning the United States and Iraq, which have resumed talks on the long term of the anti-jihadist coalition.

Iraqi authorities have voiced hope for drawing up a timeline to lower the presence of US forces.

Both of those Biden and Donald Trump, who is trying to find to return to the White House in November elections, typically oppose prolonged deployments of troops overseas, with Biden in 2021 finishing the pullout of US forces from Afghanistan, the place the Taliban swiftly took again regulate.

The United States stations some 2,500 troops in Iraq and 900 in neighboring Syria as element of the coalition.

Iran wields substantial political affect in Baghdad. Its Iraqi alliesdominate parliament and appointed the current government.

The White Household explained Biden would go over Iraqi economic reforms in hopes of promoting financial progress and “energy independence,” with the region continue to relying on Iran.