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Pompeo mocks claim Soleimani was part of Iraq-brokered Iran-Saudi indirect talks

The US secretary of state discounted the Iraqi prime minister's claim that on the day Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was killed in Baghdad, he was going to pass on an Iranian message as part of indirect Iranian-Saudi communications.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo takes questions during a news conference in the Press Briefing Room at the State Department in Washington, U.S., January 7, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner - RC24BE9BAMTN

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today mocked a claim first made by Iraq’s prime minister that Iranian Quds Force chief Qasem Soleimani, killed in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq last week, had been bringing a message from Iran as part of Saudi-Iran indirect talks on easing tensions that the Iraqi leader had tried to broker.

“Is there any history that would indicate that it was remotely possible that this kind gentleman, this diplomat of great order, Qasem Soleimani, had traveled to Baghdad for the idea of conducting a peace mission?” Pompeo told reporters at the State Department today.  “We know that wasn’t true.

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