An official in Kadhimi's office, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, said that the prime minister has the difficult task of navigating domestic and international pressures.
" He faces easy pressure from political forces and armed factions who are pushing for an announcement of American withdrawal , even though the withdrawal may have negative political and security effects for Iraq."
Diplomats in Baghdad warned ahead of the talks that expectations for the first round were low. A bit "overhyped," is how one described it. "It's the warm-up before the game," said another. "They have to do it, but this isn't where you'll see results." Both spoke on the condition of anonymity in line with diplomatic protocols.
巴格達外交官在會談之前就提出警告，對第一場會談的期待並不高。一名外交官形容這場會談有點「過度炒 作」；另一名則認為這是「賽前熱身」， 他們必須這麼做，但這場會談是不會有結果的。這兩名官員均不具名發言，以符合外交規範。