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President Trump's Meeting With the Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi

On Monday, President Donald J. Trump welcomed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to the Oval Office to reaffirm America’s support for Iraq and the Iraqi people in our shared fight against the terrorist group ISIS/Da’esh.

President Donald Trump greets Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday, March 20, 2017. (Official White House Photo by Ben Applebaum)

President Donald Trump greets Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday, March 20, 2017. (Official White House Photo by Ben Applebaum)

President Trump was particularly honored that Prime Minister al-Abadi was one of the first foreign leaders he has hosted at the White House, a testament to the close bonds between the American and Iraqi people and the importance of the relationship between our governments.

President Donald Trump meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in the Oval Office, Monday, March, 20, 2017. (Official White House photo by Benjamin Applebaum)

President Donald Trump meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in the Oval Office, Monday, March, 20, 2017. (Official White House photo by Benjamin Applebaum)

The President held a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister al-Abadi of Iraq in the Cabinet room of the White House where he commended the Prime Minister on the work being done in Iraq. “I want to thank you very much for being here, great respect for you.  I know you're working very hard, and General Mattis and General McMaster and Rex Tillerson have all been telling me that you're doing a job -- it’s not an easy job, it’s a very tough job.”

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence pose for photos with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and the Iraqi delegation in the Oval Office, Monday, March, 20, 2017. (Official White House photo by Benjamin Applebaum)

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence pose for photos with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and the Iraqi delegation in the Oval Office, Monday, March, 20, 2017. (Official White House photo by Benjamin Applebaum)