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Iraqi officials working to implement resolution on foreign troop withdrawal - PM

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi attends an Iraqi parliament session in Baghdad, Iraq January 5, 2020. Iraqi Prime Minister Media Office/Handout via REUTERS

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi told French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Sunday in a phone call that officials were currently working on implementing parliament’s resolution on expelling foreign troops.

“The prime minister said the relevant Iraqi officials in various government departments were preparing a memo outlining the legal and procedural steps required to implement parliament’s resolution on the withdrawal of foreign troops,” Abdul Mahdi’s office said in a statement.

Le Drian conveyed a message from French President Emmanuel Macron asking for time to discuss the future of foreign troop presence in a way that respects Iraq’s sovereignty, the statement said.

Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Maha El Dahan

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