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June 9, 2023

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hussein

Office of the Spokesperson

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller:

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Iraqi Foreign Minister Dr. Fuad Hussein today at the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ministerial in Riyadh. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Hussein reviewed the bilateral relationship and reaffirmed the principles in the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement. The Secretary encouraged the Government of Iraq on its efforts to become energy independent and to increase innovation in its energy sector. He underscored U.S. support for Iraq and Turkiye to quickly find a way to re-open the Iraq-Türkiye pipeline. The Secretary reiterated the United States remains committed to assisting the Government of Iraq to achieve a secure, stable, and sovereign future, including the enduring defeat of ISIS.