BAGHDAD –, the likely Republican presidential nominee who has linked his political future to U.S. success in , was in Baghdad on Sunday for meetings with Iraqi and U.S. diplomatic and military officials, a U.S. government official said.
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Details of McCain’s visit, which had been anticipated, were not being released for security reasons, the U.S. Embassy said. It was unclear who he met with; no media opportunities or news conferences were planned.
McCain, a strong supporter of thein Iraq, is believed to be staying in the country for about 24 hours.
“is in Iraq and will be meeting with Iraqi and U.S. officials,” said Mirembe Nantongo, spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
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This is the senator’s eighth visit to Iraq. He’s accompanied bySen. , an independent, and , R-S.C. Before leaving, McCain said the trip to the Middle East and was a fact-finding venture, not a campaign photo opportunity.
The senator last met with Iraqi Prime Ministerduring the Thanksgiving holiday.