The United States will stop participating in military operations in Iraq by December 31, 2021, although it will continue to support the Iraqi security forces, the two countries said in a joint statement.

“The delegations decided following the recent technical talks that security relations will fully switch to training, consultations, assistance, and intelligence exchange, and that no US forces will play a military role by December 31, 2021,” the two countries said in a joint statement following the talks between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein.

“The United States intends to continue supporting the Iraqi security forces, including the Peshmerga (militia), to help them build the capacity to deal with future threats,” the statement said.

The statement also does not contain any mention of the withdrawal of American troops from the territory of the country, now there are about 2.5 thousand US troops there.