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    2019 Observations...

    Here's to a prosperous 2019.

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    January 9, 2019


    The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎

    Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Iraqi President Barham Salih. The Secretary and President Salih discussed U.S. support in helping to address Iraq’s political, economic, and security challenges and commended President Salih’s recent diplomatic efforts. Secretary Pompeo also emphasized the U.S. commitment to Iraq’s sovereignty and independence, and the importance of Iraq as a strategic partner in the region. The Secretary highlighted the resumption of oil exports via the Kirkuk oil pipeline and the importance of continued steps towards Iraq’s energy independence. The two leaders also discussed the recent territorial defeat of ISIS and U.S. support for Iraqi Security Forces to ensure ISIS’ lasting defeat.

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    ReadoutOffice of the Spokesperson
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    January 9, 2019


    The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎

    Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Iraq’s Council of Representatives Speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi and members of the Council of Representatives Foreign-Relations Committee. The Secretary emphasized U.S. support for the long-term bilateral partnership, anchored by the Strategic Framework Agreement, and the necessity of supporting Iraq’s democratic institutions, economic development, energy independence, and sovereignty.


    Section V item 4 of the SFA

    4. Support Iraq's further integration into regional and international financial and economic communities and institutions, including membership in the WorldTrade Organization and through continued Normal Trade Relations with theUnited States.

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    Making the rounds

    The adviser of the Security Council of the Kurdistan region pleased Barzani, on Wednesday, details of the meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the city of Arbil, capital of the Kurdistan region.

    "Barzani welcomed today US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Erbil, and the two sides discussed a range of issues of bilateral importance, including developments in Iraq, Syria and the region," said Barzani's
    statement. "They also discussed the next phase of the relationship between the Kurdistan region and the United States, Barzani proposed a new memorandum of understanding, focusing on economic and security reform and this is in line with the US-Iraqi Strategic Framework Agreement"

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    Some talk about "currency reforms" from this administration in the news lately.

    Hmmmmm.
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