Pompeo condemns recent violence in Iraq

WASHINGTON, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke “recently” with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdulmahdi during which he “condemned the recent violence in Iraq” and urged “the Iraqi government to exercise maximum restraint.” US State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a statement Tuesday evening that Pompeo “reiterated that peaceful public demonstrations are a fundamental element of all democracies and emphasized that there is no place for violence in demonstrations, either by security forces or protestors.” Pompeo “lamented the tragic loss of life over the past few days” and noted “those who violated human rights should be held accountable.” The US top diplomat also reaffirmed the US’ “enduring commitment to a strong, sovereign, and prosperous Iraq, as outlined in our bilateral Strategic Framework Agreement.” Pompeo encouraged the Iraqi Prime Minister “to take immediate steps to address the protestors’ grievances by enacting reforms and tackling corruption,” the statement noted.

Source: Kuwait News Agency