Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid meets with Iran's Supreme Leader to Boost Ties Amidst Calls to Expel US Troops
On Saturday, Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid met with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran to discuss relations between the two countries.
Khamenei expressed his opposition to the presence of US troops in Iraq and criticized the US for its perceived unreliability as a friend to Iraq and other nations. Rashid, on the other hand, emphasized Iraq's desire to strengthen its ties with Iran and resolve outstanding issues between the two countries.
The meeting comes at a time of increased tension between the US and its allies, as reports have emerged suggesting that the US spied on allies, including Ukraine. Iran has long been critical of the US military presence in Iraq, arguing that Western military intervention has contributed to instability in the region.
The United States currently has around 2,500 troops in Iraq to assist local troops in the fight against the Islamic State. Rashid did not directly address Iraq's ties with the US during the meeting, instead focusing on the need to deepen relations with Iran.