Channel 1 Los Angeles
Washington D.C. 2/24/2020
Office of the Spokesperson
The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo called Iraq’s new Prime Minister-designate, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, to reaffirm the United States’ enduring commitment to a strong, sovereign, and prosperous Iraq.
Secretary Pompeo welcomed Prime Minister-designate Allawi’s promise to hold early elections to strengthen Iraq’s democratic system. He urged the new Prime Minister to resolve differences with Iraq’s Kurdish and Sunni political leaders to assure success in pursuing the vital tasks faced by his government. The Secretary also stressed Iraq’s obligation to protect U.S. and Coalition diplomats, forces, and facilities.
Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister-designate Allawi discussed the protest movement and the urgency with which Iraq’s next government must put an end to the killing of protesters, seek justice for those killed and wounded, and address their legitimate grievances. The Secretary and the Prime Minister-designate also agreed on the importance of beginning reforms that would better position the government to provide the Iraqi people a life of dignity, prosperity, and security.