In an interview with Iraq’s official agency INA, Hussein stated that Iraqi Prime Minister Kazimi will go to Washington on July 23 to meet with US President Biden.
Stating that the “4th Strategic Dialogue” meeting will be held during Kazimi’s visit to discuss the withdrawal schedule of the US troops from Iraq, Hussein noted that this meeting will be the last and will witness an agreement on the withdrawal date of the US troops.
Reminding that the US does not have a military base in Iraq, Hussein said, “US soldiers are in Iraqi bases, not in US bases.”
The Foreign Minister added that unlike the old administration, the new Washington administration under Biden understands the situation in Iraq.
– US presence in Iraq
US-led coalition forces withdrew their troops in 2011, eight years after they invaded Iraq in March 2003.
After the emergence of the terrorist organization DAESH in 2014, the Iraqi government asked Washington to send troops again.
The then US President Barack Obama had sent over 5,000 troops to Iraq upon the official request of Baghdad.
The United States announced that it had reduced the number of troops in Iraq to 2500 by the end of 2020.
US troops continue to be deployed at the Ayn al-Assad Military Base in western Iraq and the International Airport in Erbil.