Illustrative image only: In this file photo, an Iraqi woman passes US troops and Iraqi police officers as they stand guard in the Bab Al Jadeed area of Mosul, 360 kilometers northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. Image Credit: AP

Washington - The United States said Friday it would not discuss pulling troops from Iraq after its caretaker prime minister asked Washington to send a delegation to begin withdrawal arrangements.

"At this time, any delegation sent to Iraq would be dedicated to discussing how to best recommit to our strategic partnership - not to discuss troop withdrawal, but our right, appropriate force posture in the Middle East," State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.