Blinken congratulates Iraq PM on government formation during phone call
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulated Iraq’s prime minister on the formation of a government during a phone call on Thursday.
Blinken told Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani that the US is eager to work with the government that was formed on Oct. 27 to improve respect for human rights, increase economic opportunities, advance Iraq’s energy independence, and address the climate crisis.
The secretary of state reaffirmed US commitment to supporting Iraq in the enduring defeat of Daesh and welcomed the prime minister’s call for reforms and pledge to fight endemic corruption.
The officials also discussed their mutual commitment to the US-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement and shared interest in preserving Iraq’s security, stability, and sovereignty.