March 17, 2020 / 9:33 PM / 14 days ago

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

WASHINGTON, March 17 (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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