After conducting meetings with the Iraqi government, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), is confident that the United States will continue to have an enduring presence in Iraq for the foreseeable future.

General McKenzie was in Baghdad on Tuesday for a meeting with the new Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al Kadhimi. The Iraqi Prime Minister is trying to perform a fine balancing act between factions of his government that are leaning towards the U.S. and those that are leaning towards Iran.

“I believe the government of Iraq recognizes the true value that the coalition brings to the fight against Daesh (ISIS) in Iraq, and I believe that going forward, they’re going to want us to be with them, I don’t sense there’s a mood right now for us to depart precipitously. And I’m pretty confident of that.” McKenzie said to the media shortly after his meeting with al-Kadhimi. 

The U.S. still has between 5,000-6,000 troops in Iraq. Currently, relations between the two countries are beginning to thaw after incidents in December and January pushed things to a breaking point.