Trump welcomes Iraqi PM Abadi to White House

Trump welcomes Iraqi PM Abadi to White House

US President Donald Trump greets Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi upon his arrival to the White House in Washington, DC on Monday.

(CNN)US President Donald Trump has met his Iraqi counterpart in Washington, D.C., praising the "unprecedented cooperation" between the two countries in ridding Iraq of ISIS and reaffirming the US' commitment to bolstering the country's security.

Trump met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the White House Monday, with both leaders praising the partnership that has seen significant gains in retaking territory, including progress in liberating Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, which has been under militant control for three years.

"The two leaders agreed that the United States and Iraq will pursue a long-term partnership to decisively root out terrorism from Iraq and strengthen the Iraqi military and other key institutions," a White House readout from the talks said.

The two leaders agreed to promote a "broad-based political and economic partnership based in the Strategic Framework Agreement (SFA)," the bilateral agreement which has been the cornerstone of US support of Iraq since 2008.

(Source: CNN)

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