Iraqi PM receives phone call from Pompeo over deadly unrest

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-07 21:20:52|Editor: xuxin
Video PlayerClose

BAGHDAD, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi received a phone call from the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday over ongoing protests in Iraq, confirming that life returned to normal in the country.

A statement by Abdul Mahdi's media office said that he reviewed developments on the security situation and the return of normal life after the Iraqi authorities lifted the curfew and the security forces restored stability in the country.

In response to the demands of the protesters, Abdul Mahdi confirmed that his government "presented a package of reforms" and will continue taking measure within the coming days, the statement said.

For his part, Pompeo said that he trusts the Iraqi security forces, confirming the U.S. support to Iraq and the efforts of its government in strengthening security and stability in the country, the statement added.

The telephone call came amid spiralling anti-government protests in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities that started Tuesday over corruption, rampant unemployment, poor public services and deteriorating living standards.

The Iraqi authorities said earlier that it has approved a package of reforms, including building thousands of subsidized housing units for the poor people, stipends for the unemployed and training programs and loan initiatives for youth.