Iraqi PM Rejects Trump Invitation To Regional War

FILE PHOTO: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is seen on a screen as he speaks via a videoconference during a ministerial summit to hold discussion on the future of Mosul city, post-Islamic State, in Paris, France, October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo

Iraq won’t take part in any regional or international conflicts, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday.

The comment came after Abadi had spoke in a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump where tensions with Iran were mentioned.

“Iraq is very keen to preserve its national interests (..)and does not wish to be part of any regional or international conflict which would lead to disasters for the region and for Iraq,” Abadi told state TV.

The White House on Friday said Trump and Abadi “spoke to the threat Iran presents across the entire region,” in their first phone call since the inauguration of the U.S. president.

Abadi’s office on Friday also gave a readout of the phone call that took place overnight Thursday, without specifically mentioning Iran.

(Reporting by Saif Hameed; Writing by Maher Chmaytelli Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

 

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