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Saudi Arabia wants the US troops to remain in Iraq amid concerns that their withdrawal will leave the Middle East less safe. This is according to Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.

Saudi Arabia says withdrawing US troops from Iraq will result in a resurgence of ISIS

This comes after officials in the Iraqi parliament began a process to end the presence of US troops in the country. This is a response to the killing of top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad. However, experts have equally warned that the withdrawal of US troops in the US could even lead to a resurgence of ISIS. 

Faisal also shares the same sentiment, and he told CNN that the presence of US troops in the region has been vital in defeating ISIS. He equally added that continued presence is vital in thwarting the revival of ISIS. The foreign minister said that the US had shown on several occasions to be a dependable ally of Saudi Arabia, and it still has been the case with the current administration.

Currently, there are over 3,000 American troops in Saudi Arabia, and the minister confirmed that they have been working with the Trump administration and Pentagon to coordinate security issues in the Middle East.

Growing calls to withdraw US troops from Iraq

There have been growing calls to withdraw US troops from Iraq following the killing of Soleimani. On Friday, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators held a demonstration in Baghdad, calling for the over 5,000 US troops in Iraq to leave.

Faisal retaliated that despite ISIS being defeated in the region, it nonetheless continues to pose a threat. Therefore, the international community must continue supporting the Iraqi forces to be vigilant.

Regarding the killing of General Soleimani, the minister said that he believes that the US troops acted in self-defense when they struck. He reaffirmed that the Middle East was now safe following the death of Soleimani. When the US killed Soleimani, it indicated that it was thwarting an imminent attack meant on Americans.