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Abdul Mahdi to NATO Chief: Iraq Seeks Balanced Foreign Policy

Abdul Mahdi to NATO Chief: Iraq Seeks Balanced Foreign Policy

Tuesday, 17 September, 2019 - 11:45
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg addresses a news conference ahead of a NATO defense ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi told NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday that Baghdad seeks a balanced foreign policy which serves stability in the region.

The Prime Minister also said that Iraq cannot possibly cause harm to any of its neighbors.

A statement issued by his office, said Abdul Mahdi made the remarks during a meeting in Baghdad with Stoltenberg, who is on a two-day visit to Iraq.

Abdul Mahdi was apparently referring to an attack on Saudi Aramco oil facilities that Washington has blamed on Tehran.

US officials earlier suggested the attack may have originated in Iran or Iraq, a claim denied by the Iraqi government.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later said Washington has information that supports the Iraqi government's denial.

Speaking in Baghdad Tuesday, Stoltenberg said: "Iran is supporting different terrorist groups and being responsible for destabilizing the whole region.”

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