U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces new sanctions on Iran in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 10, 2020. southafricnews/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (southafricnews) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the possibility of an expanded NATO presence in Iraq in a call with his Canadian counterpart, Foreign Minister François‑Philippe Champagne, the State Department said on Friday.

“The Secretary and Foreign Minister also spoke about the Iranian regime’s continued aggressive and destabilising actions in the region and steps to contain it, specifically, the opportunity for an expanded NATO force in Iraq and appropriate burden sharing,” department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.

Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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