Prior to a bilateral meeting with the Iraqi President Barham Salih in Switzerland, President Trump addressed the U.S. military presence in Iraq by noting that “they [ie, Iraq] like what we’re doing and we like them, and we’ve had a very good relationship… we’re down to 5,000 [troops]. So we’re down to a very low number – historically low. And we’ll see what happens”. Later, Salih’s office indicated that “during the meeting, reducing foreign troops and the importance of respecting the demands of Iraqi people to preserve the country’s sovereignty were discussed”.
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