Trump told Iraqi premier to get rid of Shiite militias

President Donald Trump greets Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi upon his arrival to the White House in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017.

"I think they're prepared to do more to fight terrorism and be more engaged", Abadi told a forum in Washington hours after his meeting with Trump, adding he had been told U.S. "support will not only continue but will accelerate".

Abadi then grabbed Trump's arm and said jokingly, "We had nothing to do with the wiretap", according to the pool report. It has already loosened some battlefield rules, including by giving some commanders more authority on the ground...

"It's not an easy job", Trump said.

In Washington, he also stated that Iraq has "the strongest counter-terrorism forces, but we are looking forward to more cooperation between us and the USA". "We've been here a short while and people have said they'd never seen such a difference", Trump said. "Maybe someday we'll be able to figure it out". After expressing hope that Iraq will succeed in ending decades of internal conflict, he said his country should be wary of partitioning areas along ethnic or religious lines as some have recommended.

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"Our main thrust is we have to get rid of ISIS".

Trump hosted Abadi in the Oval Office on Monday to affirm America's support for Iraq in a fight against the IS, Xinhua news agency reported.The two leaders agreed to pursue a long-term partnership to "decisively" root out terrorism and strengthen the Iraqi military and other key institutions, the statement said. "It will happen. It's happening right now", Trump added, using an acronym for Daesh. "We shouldn't be derailing the whole thing" or losing focus against ISIS because of clashes among the region's major actors", he said.

Abadi also thanked trump for removing Iraq from travel ban affecting several Muslim-majority countries.

Trump also raised the issue of Iran and its nuclear ambitions, questioning why his predecessor, Obama, signed a nuclear agreement with Tehran that lifted a longstanding Western trade embargo against the Islamic Republic. At the forum, Abadi called for more financial contributions from the worldwide community.

The Iraqi prime minister was less enthusiastic about the global humanitarian community's follow-through on pledges made to support his country, where 3 million are internally displaced and 11 million people need humanitarian assistance.


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