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US top diplomat holds first call with Iraqi counterpart

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - JANUARY 21: A view of the explosion site is seen after a suicide bombing attack at al-Tayaran Square in Baghdad, Iraq on January 21, 2021. At least five people have been killed and eight more wounded in a suicide bombing in Iraq’s capital ( Murtadha Al-Sudani - Anadolu Agency )
A view of the explosion site is seen after a suicide bombing attack at al-Tayaran Square in Baghdad, Iraq on January 21, 2021 [Murtadha Al-Sudani - Anadolu Agency]

Secretary of State Antony Blinken held his first telephone call Thursday with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein since the top US diplomat took office earlier this week, Anadolu Agency reports.

Blinken conveyed condolences for a deadly twin suicide bombing claimed by Daesh last week that killed 32 victims and injured 110 others, while also addressing additional cooperation between the countries.

"The Secretary encouraged the Foreign Minister and the Iraqi government to continue efforts to address the demands of the Iraqi people for a more equitable and just nation, and expressed support for proposed early elections this year," State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

"Secretary Blinken pledged to continue to work with Foreign Minister Hussein on ways to address the economic challenges facing Iraq in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, on helping Iraq enact fundamental economic reforms, and enhancing US-Iraq commercial ties to the benefit of both countries," added Price.

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