Iraqi PM Al-Sudani meets with US Secretary of State Blinken in NYC
In a significant diplomatic rendezvous on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani and United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken engaged in discussions of paramount importance.
During their meeting, both leaders reaffirmed their unwavering commitment to strengthening the foundations of the US-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement, underscoring the enduring bonds between their respective nations.
In an official statement released by the US Government, Secretary Blinken highlighted the United States’ support for the reopening of the pipeline with Turkey. He also encouraged Iraq to expand its energy resources sustainably while actively addressing climate change concerns.
Additionally, Secretary Blinken urged the Iraqi government to maintain and enhance collaboration with Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), emphasizing the importance of regional cooperation.
One notable point of discussion during their meeting was the commendation of Iraq’s judicial system for its conviction and sentencing of individuals on terrorism-related charges, specifically in connection with the tragic murder of American citizen Stephen Troell. Secretary Blinken lauded Prime Minister Al-Sudani’s commitment to upholding judicial independence.
Furthermore, in a gesture of goodwill and diplomacy, Secretary Blinken extended an invitation from President Biden to Prime Minister Al-Sudani to visit the White House in the near future, signifying the importance of continued high-level dialogue between the two nations. This meeting serves as a testament to the ongoing efforts to foster cooperation and collaboration on various fronts between the United States and Iraq.