Iraq and US discuss troop withdrawal following Iran talks

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi and US envoy Brett McGurk discussed the withdrawal of troops, his office says, one day after top Iraqi and Iranian security officials met.

“Discussions took place about mechanisms for combat troops’ withdrawal from Iraq, and moving forward to a new stage in strategic cooperation,” the Iraqi prime minister’s office says in statement.

McGurk is the Middle East and Africa coordinator in the White House.

Kadhemi is scheduled to visit Washington later this month to push for a concrete timetable of troop withdrawal. The implementation of the withdrawal could take years.

The meeting came after Iraq’s National Security Agency chief, Abdel Ghani al-Asadi, met Wednesday in Baghdad with Iran’s Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi.

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