IRAQI PRIME MINISTRY OFFICE HANDOUT - AP CLIENTS ONLY
Baghdad - 17 January 2017
1. Haider al-Abadi, Iraq Prime Minister, speaking at news conference
2. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Haider al-Abadi, Iraq's Prime Minister: ++STARTS ON PREVIOUS SHOT++
"Of course future relations between the two countries depend on US foreign policy towards Iraq, as well as Iraqi policy in general. Today we have a common goal, which is fighting terrorism. Daesh (Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group) is not only a threat to Iraq, it's a threat to the region, and to the world, including the US."
3. Wide of al-Abadi during news conference ++MUTE++
4. Journalist asking question
5. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Haider al-Abadi, Iraq's Prime Minister:
"Iraq has been widely successful at fighting terrorism. We are now winning in Mosul, we have achieved victory everywhere else, and soon we will hopefully eliminate this entirely in Iraq. However, terrorism remains a challenge, for both us and them (the US). That's why we need solid relations between both sides, to build a balanced relation, while respecting the sovereignty and independent decisions of Iraq."
7. Wide of news conference
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Haider al-Abadi, Iraq's Prime Minister: ++INCLUDES CUTAWAY OF JOURNALISTS AND ENDS ON WIDE SHOT OF AL-ABADI++
"Now the left side (east of Mosul) is almost completely under control of our forces. At the same time we have started moving on to the right side (west of Mosul)."
Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday said fighting militant groups remained a "common goal" for Iraq and the US, but that the future of bilateral ties with a Donald Trump administration was dependent on each country's policies.
Speaking in Baghdad on Tuesday, al-Abadi said "terrorism" remained a challenge for Iraq and the US, and that it was necessary to cultivate "solid relations" with the US while respecting "the sovereignty" of Iraq.
He also stated that the Islamic State (IS) group was a threat to the entire world.
The US is a leader of the international military coalition against IS.
Some have raised questions about what Trump's arrival in the White House next month will mean for the coalition's future.
Al-Abadi later commented on the progress made by Iraqi forces to retake the city of Mosul from IS fighters.
The operation was launched in October.
The UN said in a statement issued late on Monday that the massive military push to retake the country's second largest city had left more than 148,000 people homeless.
Just over the past week, nearly 12,500 people were forced to flee their homes, the UN said.
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