Donald Trump meets Haider al-Abbadi at White House

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At the start of his first meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on March 20, Trump said Iran was one of the issues his team would discuss with the Iraqi delegation.

"We have been given assurances that the support will not only continue but will accelerate", Al Abadi said after the meeting, during an appearance at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington. "We are happy with the meeting..."

The Iraqi premier said he got the impression that the Trump administration will take a more aggressive approach than the administration of President Barack Obama, who was reluctant to commit large numbers of U.S. troops to combat Daesh in Iraq. It has already loosened some battlefield rules, including by giving some commanders more authority on the ground...


As they joked for the cameras in the Oval Office on Monday, it may have been easy to forget the recent rocky ride that brought Haider al-Abadi to the White House.

The White House said Iraq and the United States will work together against terrorism on a long-term basis.

When it was asked if he had seen specific Trump administration improvements to the previous administration's approach, he said: "To be honest, I haven't seen a full plan".


Abadi is in Washington this week ahead of a gathering of world leaders of a coalition fighting Daesh. Your soldiers are fighting hard. "We will figure something out".

"Our main thrust is we have to get rid of ISIS. It will happen. It's happening right now". "We shouldn't be derailing the whole thing" or losing focus against ISIS because of clashes among the region's major actors", he said. The president was also critical of his predecessor, saying the US military should not have withdrawn from Iraq in 2011, and critiquing the Iranian nuclear deal. "But maybe someday we'll be able to figure that one out".

He also called on the worldwide community for more financial contributions to rebuild war-torn Iraqi cities.


The Iraqi prime minister was less enthusiastic about the worldwide humanitarian community's follow-through on pledges made to support his country, where 3 million are internally displaced and 11 million people need humanitarian assistance. The temporary ban on travelers from seven countries was rewritten to exclude Iraq, after several Iraqi officials and US lawmakers objected to Iraq's inclusion, noting the risks and sacrifices that many Iraqis made assisting USA troops during and after the 2003 USA -led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

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