Iraqi PM in NY for annual UNGA meeting

Sudani receives official invitation from U.S. President Biden to visit Washington

BAGHDAD, September 19 — Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shiaa’ Al-Sudani has received an official invitation from U.S. President Joseph R. Biden to visit Washington.

This invitation came during Al-Sudani’s meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, on the sidelines of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister and his counterpart discussed various aspects of cooperation between Iraq and the United States and ways to enhance their partnership in different fields.

The U.S. Secretary conveyed President Biden’s invitation to Al-Sudani to visit the White House for further discussions on bilateral relations between the two countries.

The Prime Minister expressed his appreciation for the invitation and his readiness to visit at a later date. He emphasized the importance of resuming work on the U.S.-Iraq Joint Committee regarding the Strategic Framework Agreement between the two countries.

Furthermore, Al-Sudani highlighted several important milestones in bilateral cooperation, including the successful visit of the Iraqi Defense Minister’s delegation to Washington and discussions regarding the relationship with the international coalition against terrorism.

Secretary Blinken expressed the U.S. administration’s appreciation for the practical steps taken by Iraq in diversifying its energy sources and optimizing gas resources, as well as achieving self-sufficiency through contracts with Total. He acknowledged the United States’ commitment to cooperate with Iraq on climate change mitigation, infrastructure development, and expanding partnership in various areas, reaffirming the U.S.’s support for the stability, growth, and prosperity of Iraq.