March 17, 2020 / 9:57 PM / 13 days ago

Pompeo says U.S. to support new Iraqi PM if he upholds key principles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that Iraq’s newly designated Prime Minister Adnan al-Zurfi would have the support of Washington and the international community if he would uphold Iraq’s sovereignty, be corruption-free and protective of human rights among others.

Iraq’s president named little-known former regional governor Adnan al-Zurfi as prime minister-designate on Tuesday in another bid to overcome months of unrest and deadlock, but powerful Shi’ite blocs quickly lined up to reject his nomination.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Chris Reese

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