Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. File photo/ Reuters
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has received a phone call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Abdul Mahdi’s office said in a brief statement on Monday.
The office did not specify what was discussed. Iraq denied on Sunday that its territory had been used to carry out attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.
US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that the United States was “locked and loaded” for a potential response to the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, after a senior US administration official said Iran was to blame.
The official told reporters that evidence from the attack, which hit the world’s biggest oil-processing facility, indicated Iran was behind it, instead of the Yemeni Houthi group that had claimed responsibility.
Pompeo also said there was no evidence the attack had come came from Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been battling the Houthis for over four years in a conflict widely seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Forces, an umbrella of paramilitary groups backed by mostly Iran, are influential in parliament and have allies in government.
According to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) report, the UAE achieved a 90 percent score in the 'Service Availability and Sophistication' category.
A sandstorm blanketed parts of the Middle East on Monday, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Syria and Iran, sending people to hospitals and disrupting flights in some places.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi discussed the protests that have gripped his country this past week in a phone call with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, his office said in a statement on Monday.
A video clip of Egyptian couple riding e-scooters to their wedding venue has gone viral on social media. The video showed the couple, each riding a e-scooter, and behind them were the cars celebrating their marriage in Giza Governorate.
Of those hurt in the accident, 138 sustained minor injuries and a further 24 were still in hospital, the health ministry said. The blast blew out the windows of several houses in the surrounding area and damaged their interiors.
The initiative is inspired by the pioneering success of Dubai Police’s Smart Police Stations (SPS), which provide security and community services around the clock, without human intervention.
The meeting addressed cooperation between the UAE and the Comoros and opportunities to advance ties in the economic, trade, investment, and development fields to achieve the aspirations of the two countries and peoples.