Pompeo during his visit to Iraq: Baghdad promised to protect American interests

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iraqi officials he met with during a surprise visit to Baghdad on Tuesday evening, whose purpose was the Iranian "escalation," had pledged to provide "appropriate protection" for US interests in their country.

The visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Baghdad came after canceling a planned visit to the German capital Berlin, while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not announce Pompeo's visit on Tuesday evening to Iraq.

"We have talked about the importance of Iraq ensuring its ability to provide appropriate protection for Americans in their country," Pompeo told reporters accompanying him on his trip to the Iraqi capital, adding that Iraqi officials "showed their awareness and responsibility for protecting Americans in their country."

Pompeo told reporters that the purpose of his visit to Iraq was to talk with the leadership there to assure them their willingness to continue the insurance that Iraq was a sovereign and independent state.

Pompeo noted that America's concerns about Iraq's sovereignty were not new and wanted Iraq to be independent and not to owe to another country.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday in an unannounced visit. Furthermore, his visit came as US President Donald Trump's administration escalated pressure on Iran amid mounting tension between Tehran and Washington.



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