Baghdad: The Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that US military is not in Iraq “to seize anybody’s oil” on Monday.
According to Indian Express, he said this keeping away from the comments by President Donald Trump before he reaches to Baghdad on Monday.
Mattis’s first trip as pentagon chief to Iraq may have to deal with the the questions raised regarding the Trump’s actions and comments which includes the ban on travel to the United States and America must have banned Iraq’s oil.
“We should have kept the oil. But okay. Maybe you’ll have another chance,” said Trump to CIA staff in a January speech.
Mattis told to the group of reporters who were also travelling with him “I think all of us here in this room, all of us in America have generally paid for our gas and oil all along and I’m sure that we will continue to do so in the future,” “We’re not in Iraq to seize anybody’s oil,” he also discussed the main aim of his trip.