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Iraq PM, Obama to Meet in Washington in April

FILE - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is seen speaking to the media.

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will visit Washington next month to discuss the ongoing fight against Islamic State militants, the White House announced on Monday.

The April 14 meeting will be al-Abadi's first state visit to the United States since becoming prime minister last August.

The meeting with President Barack Obama is also expected to address broader cooperation between the United States and Iraq on what the White House called "expanded political, commercial, and cultural relations."

The U.S. is leading an international coalition of countries in an air campaign against IS fighters in Iraq and Syria. Iraqi troops on the ground are teaming up with Shi'ite militias and Kurdish forces to push back the militant group, which seized part of the country, as well as a portion of Syria, last year.