Pompeo urges Iraq’s prime minister to tackle protesters’ grievances

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2019 (Xinhua) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing in Washington D.C., the United States, April 22, 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump has decided not to reissue the sanctions waivers allowing major importers to continue buying Iran’s oil when they expire in early May, the White House said Monday. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters later in the day that the U.S. sanctions will be reimposed on all countries that import oil from Iran since May 2. (Xinhua/Liu Jie/IANS)

WASHINGTON (Rahnuma): US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to “exercise maximum restraint” and “address protesters’ grievances” after more than 100 people were killed in recent demonstrations, the State Department said on Tuesday.

“The secretary lamented the tragic loss of life over the past few days and urged the Iraqi government to exercise maximum restraint,” the department said in a statement.

Pompeo encouraged Abdul Mahdi “to take immediate steps to address the protesters’ grievances by enacting reforms and tackling corruption,” it said.

The US statement said Pompeo and Abdul Mahdi spoke “recently.”

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