LEEDS — The President of the United States Donald Trump met with the Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi on Monday, two days ahead of a ministerial meeting which will discuss the ongoing global military campaign against the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq and Syria.
The two leaders discussed the cooperation and relations between the two countries in their fight against IS, and the reconstruction and recovery efforts in areas which have been liberated from the extremists, the Spokesman of the White House Sean Spicer told reporters, according to Kuwait News Agency.
In addition, the two leaders also aimed to discuss the future of Iraq as a new force for stability, peace and prosperous Middle East.
Trump seized the opportunity to once again criticize both his immediate predecessors’ military strategies in Iraq, saying that US shouldn't have withdrawn from Iraq.
“Perhaps we shouldn’t have gone in, but certainly we shouldn’t have left, we never ever should have left and the vacuum was created,” Trump said.
Abadi said afterward he was “happy” with the discussion he had at the White House. Trump gave assurances that the US will “accelerate” help for Iraq’s fight to regain the territory captured by the Islamic State but the US president didn’t share a concrete plan, Abadi said in a speech at the US Institute of Peace, as reported by Bloomberg.