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Iraq and the US to Continue Security Cooperation

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Sudani met with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon, reaffirming ongoing security cooperation between their countries. Sudani highlighted Iraq’s efforts to strengthen its defense capabilities amidst regional challenges and stressed the importance of sustained collaboration with the USA. He also welcomed international support in Iraq’s fight against terrorism, marking the 10th anniversary of the US-led coalition against ISIS.

Sudani mentioned the establishment of the High Coordination Commission for evaluating military threats and planning the coalition’s mission conclusion, with the next meeting scheduled for July. Secretary Austin echoed support for Iraq’s anti-terrorism efforts, noting the evolving partnership and the need for a permanent bilateral security arrangement. He emphasized ongoing commitment to defeating ISIS and safeguarding both Iraqi and American citizens.

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