Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Mustafa al-Kadhimi delivers a speech during the vote on the new government at the parliament headquarters in Baghdad
FILE - In this undated photo, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi delivers a speech at the parliament headquarters in Baghdad.

Iraq's new prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, chaired his first cabinet meeting Saturday after being sworn in earlier in the week.

Kadhimi had meetings with U.S. Ambassador Matthew H. Tueller and Iranian Ambassador Iraj Masjedi.

His meeting with the Iranian envoy comes as tensions between the United States and Iran have escalated following the assassination of Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander Qassim Soleimani in January.

Welcoming Iraq's new government, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged to help Kadhimi and urged implementation of reforms.

Kadhimi assumed office Thursday, following weeks of negotiations. He had served as the director of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service since 2016.

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