Mustafa al-Kadhimi and Donald Trump (FILE PHOTO)

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump informed Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi of his commitment to a rapid exit of the international coalition forces from Iraq within 3 years.

This came during a meeting between Trump and Al-Kadhimi in the American capital, Washington, which the latter is visiting, according to the official Iraqi News Agency.

The agency quoted Trump as saying, during the meeting: “We withdrew largely from Iraq and very few soldiers remained.” He affirmed his commitment to “a speedy exit of the coalition forces within 3 years.”

Trump added: “Al-Kadhimi is a man who I get along very well with.”

“Al-Kadhimi succeeded in leading the strategic dialogue to obtain an American withdrawal from Iraq,” the agency said.

Trump explained that “the Iraqi and American sides stressed the need to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq.”

Donald Trump said, “The two sides agreed to form a special team to discuss mechanisms and timing for the redeployment of the international coalition forces outside Iraq.”

On the other hand, the Iraqi agency indicated that Washington confirmed its support for Al-Kadhimi’s plans to reform the local economy.

It is pointed out by the news agency that Baghdad and Washington signed a memorandum of understanding to support the health sector in Iraq.

Al-Kadhimi is on an official visit to the United States at the head of a high-level government delegation, which is his first since taking office last May.

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