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Donald Trump meets Haider al-Abbadi at White House

21 March 2017, 11:59 | Terri Saunders

Prime Minister of Iraq Haider Al Abadi during a talk at the second day of the 53rd Munich Security Conference

Prime Minister of Iraq Haider Al Abadi during a talk at the second day of the 53rd Munich Security Conference

US President Donald Trump meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, US, March 20, 2017.

As reporters were leaving, Mr Abadi leaned over to Mr Trump and said jokingly, "We have nothing to do with the wiretap".

His comments go one step farther in his criticism of the 2011 withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq after in the past saying that the withdrawal was made too early, that it was handled badly and that it should have been accompanied by seizing Iraqi oil.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he won assurances of greater USA support in fighting ISIS militants in talks on Monday with President Donald Trump and top advisers, but cautioned that military might alone would not be sufficient.

"One of the things I did ask is, 'Why did President Obama sign that agreement with Iran?' because nobody has been able to figure that one out", Trump said. "I mean we have to get rid of ISIS", he added, using an alternate acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group. "We should never ever have left, and the vacuum was created, and we discussed what happened", Trump said. "And we're meeting [with] them today", he said.

Earlier in the day, as the two men met, Mr Trump told Mr Abadi he knew his forces were fighting hard.

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President Donald Trump is welcoming Iraq's prime minister to the White House for their first meeting since Trump assumed office.

The Iraqi leader's first meeting with Trump comes as the US administration prepares for a 68-nation meeting later this week of the Global Coalition working to defeat Islamic State.

Trump decided this month's revised order temporarily banning the entry of travellers from several Muslim-majority nations would not include Iraq because of its cooperation with the US.

The conference also comes as an Iraqi military coalition presses its offensive against Islamic State in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. He also sought aid to counter a massive humanitarian crisis spawned by the fighting, which has displaced more than 4 million people.

Abadi's visit to the White House came as Trump prepares to host a 68-country meeting geared toward advancing the fight against the IS extremists. Both contribute significantly to peacekeeping missions and development programs.



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