Secretary Pompeo, Iraqi president meet ahead of UN General Assembly meetings

OAN NewsroomUPDATED 7:34 AM PT — Monday, September 23, 2019
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently met with Iraqi President Barham Salih to discuss the latest tensions in the Middle East. The two officials sat down Sunday ahead of the upcoming United Nations meetings in New York amid elevated concerns of rising Iranian influence in Iraq.
The sides didn’t disclose the details of their discussions, however, the two may have focused on the role of Iran in attacks on a Saudi oil refinery last week as well as ways to prevent similar incidents going forward.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with President of Iraq Barham Salih, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Prior to the meeting, Pompeo said the U.S. is seeking to hold Iran accountable for its actions.
“This was Iran true and true, and the United States will respond in a way that reflects that act of war by this Iranian Revolutionary regime,” he stated. “This was an attack by Iran on the world, this was an act of war…the UN’s primary charter is to protect peace around the world.”
Iraqi officials took a more cautious stance on the attack as Baghdad seeks to preserve its imports of natural gas from Iran.

Constructive discussion today in New York with Iraqi President @BarhamSalih on strengthening our bilateral relationship. We had a good discussion on #Iraq’s sovereignty and efforts to increase regional stability.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 23, 2019

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