Highlights from Biden’s Meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister

Today, President Biden met with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’ Al Sudani.

The results of their meeting are reportedly numerous. However, they mainly concern increased cooperation between Iraq and the United States.

According to the U.S. State Department, discussions during the meeting included topics of financial reform, democratic institutions, and the enhancement of energy independence.

The Iraqi side expressed a desire for the peaceful use of nuclear energy and the modernization of Iraq’s financial sector.

Both sides acknowledged Iraq’s progress in utilizing natural gas resources and discussed plans to convert flared gas into electricity.

The U.S. also announced a $50 million loan to support small and medium-sized enterprises in Iraq.

Additionally, they emphasized the importance of resuming oil exports via the Iraq-Turkey Pipeline.

Notably, representatives from Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government were also in attendance while the meeting unfolded.

After this meeting occurred, the spokesman for the Iraqi government informed Al Jazeera that there are plans to enhance security and intelligence cooperation with the United States.