Iraq’s prime minister arrives in Michigan to meet Arab Americans at tense time for Middle East

(19 Apr 2024)

Romulus, Michigan – 18 April 2024
1. An airplane carrying Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani taxis on a runway at Detroit Metropolitan Airport
2. Those on hand to greet al-Sudani await his arrival
3. Various of the jet taxiing
4. The greeters move closer to the airplane
5. Various of passengers deplaning
6. Al-Sudani’s motorcade on the move
The leader of Iraq traveled to Michigan on Thursday following a sit-down with President Joe Biden to meet with the state’s large Iraqi community and update them on escalating tensions in the Middle East following Iran’s weekend aerial assault on Israel.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani’s trip to both Washington and Michigan to discuss U.S.-Iraq relations had been planned well before Saturday’s drone and missile launches from Iran-backed groups. The visit has been thrust into the spotlight as tensions in the region escalate following the strike, which included drone and missile launches that overflew Iraqi airspace and others that were launched from Iraq by Iran-backed groups.

Michigan is home to one of the largest populations of Iraqis in the nation, and many local Democrats have pushed back against U.S. support for Israel’s war in Gaza following the Hamas attack on Oct. 7. The state holds the largest concentration of Arab Americans in the country.

The Iraqi prime minister was met by leaders within the area’s Arab American community. A motorcade of more than 40 cars then traveled to a mosque, where the prime minister met with Iraqi community members and officials to give an update on his meeting with Biden, talking about the economic relations between Iraq and the U.S.


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