The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller:
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shiaa al-Sudani today on the margins of United Nations General Assembly in New York. Secretary Blinken and Prime Minister Sudani renewed their commitment to continue strengthening the partnership between the two countries and reaffirmed the principles in the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement. The Secretary also encouraged the Government of Iraq to continue sustainably developing energy resources and combating climate change and underscored U.S. support for re-opening of the pipeline with Türkiye. The Secretary urged the Iraqi government to continue its cooperation with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to foster the KRG’s stability and resiliency. The Secretary commended the Prime Minister’s commitment to judicial independence in Iraq’s recent conviction and sentencing of multiple individuals on terrorism charges in connection with the killing of U.S. citizen Stephen Troell. The Secretary conveyed an invitation from President Biden to the Prime Minister to visit the White House soon and reiterated the U.S. commitment to assisting Iraq in achieving a secure, stable, and sovereign future.