Macron backs Iraq 'sovereignty' on first Baghdad visit
Macron backs Iraq 'sovereignty' on first Baghdad visit

French President Emmanuel Macron met Iraqi leaders Wednesday on his first visit to Baghdad, stressing the war-scarred country must assert its “sovereignty” despite being caught up in US-Iran tensions.Fresh from a two-day trip to crisis-hit Lebanon, Macron is the most prominent world leader to visit Iraq since Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi came to power in May.He spent just a few hours in the Iraqi capital, where he held talks Iraqi counterpart Barham Saleh, Kadhemi, and an array of political figures to insist Iraq strike a path independent of regional tensions.”Iraq has been going through …

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