US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made an unannounced visit to Iraq, involving meetings with high-ranking officials and no statement to media.
The American top diplomat landed in the capital Baghdad on Wednesday amid conflicting statements from the White House over troop withdrawal from Syria.
He met with Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, President Barham Salih, Foreign Minister Mohamed al-Hakim and Parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi.
During his Middle East tour, the American hawk has been keeping up with his campaign of anti-Iran threats.
Last month, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry led a trade delegation to Baghdad to urge the Iraqi government to sever its energy ties with Iran and turn to Washington.
The former CIA chief’s visit is the third high-profile one by an American official to Iraq in the last month. He was expected to visit the Egyptian capital Cairo later in the day.
Meanwhile, efforts are underway in US Congress…