Prime Minister al-Abadi

Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) released the following statement after meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi:

“Last April I had the opportunity to meet with Prime Minister al-Abadi in Baghdad at a tense time.  ISIS was firmly in control of Mosul and many other parts of Iraq.  Today, it is good to welcome the prime minister to the Capitol to discuss progress in this fight, and the future of the U.S.-Iraq relationship.  To that end, I am encouraged that Shia paramilitary units – many of them funded, armed and even directed by Iran – have stayed out of the fight for Mosul.  These forces have been responsible for horrible abuses and have no place in a stable, democratic and independent Iraq.”