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'Iraq seeks balanced foreign policy,' PM Adel-Mahdi tells NATO's Stoltenberg

AP , Tuesday 17 Sep 2019
 Irqi PM, NATO chief maeet after Saudi attacks
File Photo: Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi (Reuters)
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Iraq's prime minister has told NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg that Iraq seeks a balanced foreign policy that serves stability in the region and cannot possibly cause harm to any of its neighbors.

Adel Abdel-Mahdi made the remarks during a meeting in Baghdad on Tuesday with Stoltenberg, who is on a two-day visit to Iraq. That's according to a statement issued by the prime minister's office following the meeting.

Abdel-Mahdi was apparently referring to a weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities that both Washington and Riyadh have blamed on Tehran.

U.S. officials earlier suggested the attack may have originated in Iran or Iraq, a claim denied by the Iraqi government. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later said the U.S. has information that supports the Iraqi government's denial.

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