Iraqi PM, U.S. ambassador discuss withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraq

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BAGHDAD, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi met with U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller on Saturday to discuss ending the role of the U.S.-led coalition forces in the country.

Al-Kadhimi and Tueller discussed "the progress made in ending the combat role of the U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq and shifting to advise and support role," the media office of al-Kadhimi said.

The two sides also talked about the latest security developments in the region and Iraq's growing role in enhancing regional security and stability, it said.

On Nov. 24, Tahseen al-Khafaji, spokesman of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, said the foreign combat forces would leave Iraq within 15 days, except for some advisers who will stay to support the Iraqi forces.

"Ending the presence of the foreign forces is proceeding according to the plan, and there is no military base for them except for limited presence in Ayn al-Asad Air Base in the western province of Anbar," al-Khafaji said.

On Jan. 5, 2020, the Iraqi parliament passed a resolution requiring the government to end the presence of foreign forces in the country.

In July this year, the United States and Iraq held a session of strategic dialogue, during which the two countries agreed on withdrawing all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by Dec. 31. Enditem

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