Iraq's prime minister says seeks U.S. arms, with payment deferred

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 15, 2015 10:03 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iraq's Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Wednesday he would seek a sustainable flow of weaponry from the United States during talks in Washington, with payment deferred, as Baghdad battles a cash crunch due to plunging oil prices.

"Arms, we need them all. If they can supply us with heavy weapons, with tanks, we need them badly," Abadi told a small group of reporters ahead of talks with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

Asked about when Baghdad would pay: "Iraq can pay for it later, not now... I think there can be an arrangement for deferred payment."

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Reuters had previously reported Abadi's intention to seek billions of dollars in arms during his Washington visit, citing an unnamed Iraqi official.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Susan Heavey)