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Pompeo: NATO must play a more active role in the Middle East

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg held a phone conversation on “the threats Iran is causing in the region,” reports Anadolu Agency (AA).

Pompeo also held talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi, in which he condemned Iran’s missile attacks on Iraqi bases.

US Department of State spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a written statement regarding the Pompeo-Stoltenberg telephone conversation that the US-led Ayn al-Assad missile strike in Iraq was discussed in response. of Iran for the murder of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.

The statement said Pompeo drew attention that NATO should play a more active role in the Middle East and agreed that the Alliance would contribute more to regional security and the fight against international terrorism.

Along with this, Iran’s destabilizing activities were condemned during the conversation and the importance of the fight against ISIS was emphasized.

A message of determination from the US

In a conversation with Iraqi Prime Minister Mahdi, Secretary Pompeo condemned Iran’s missile attacks on Iraqi bases.

“Secretary Pompeo condemned the 7-ballistic missile attack carried out by the Iranian regime on bases in Iraq. Pompeo, referring to President Trump’s statements, has emphasized that it will do whatever is necessary to safeguard American and Iraqi people’s interests as and collective interests, “the statement said.

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