US, Iraq stress enhancing ties ahead of Global Coalition meeting in Saudi – statement

File – Military honor guards dress the US and Iraqi flags in Washington at the White House (Reuters)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — US and Iraq on Tuesday held talks on enhancing bilateral relations ahead of the annual ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to defeat Daesh.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussain received US Ambassador to Baghdad Alina L.Romanowski, according to a statement released by Foreign Ministry.

The officials highlighted the bilateral relations between Baghdad and Washington, stressing ways to enhance them.

Talks were also focused on the next annual ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to defeat Daesh, which is set to be held in Saudi Arabia with the participation of member states’ foreign ministers.

The statement further indicated discussions also touched upon transferring Iraqis residing in Syria’s desert camp of al-Hol and the challenges to relocate them to Iraq.

Located in northeastern Syria, in the Hasekeh governorate, al-Hol houses tens of thousands of women and children. It is a desert camp run by Syrian Kurdish forces for 60,000 people from more than 60 countries, holding those who have a suspected link to the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group.

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