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Latest update : 2009-07-22

US President Barack Obama welcomed Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (photo) on a milestone visit to the White House on Thursday. At a press conference that followed, Obama said he and his Iraqi counterpart agreed on a united Iraq.

AFP - US President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Wednesday hailed White House talks here saying the two nations were entering an era of strategic cooperation.


   
"Both of us agree that the bonds forced between Americans and Iraqis in war can pave the way for progress that can be forged in peace," Obama said after talks with the Iraqi leader.
   
He told reporters the two men had agreed to "build a broader basis for cooperation between our nations."
   
"America stands ready to help the Iraqi government build... Together, we can expand economic trade and together we can broaden our educational, cultural and scientific engagement to make a positive difference in the lives of our people," Obama.
   
Maliki, who was paying his first visit to the White House since Obama took office in January, said: "My meeting with the president was positive and constructive meeting reflected the deep conviction on the part of both sides to establish a strategic friendship."
   
They discussed ways "to activate the strategic relationship and the economic front, culture front, educational front, commercial front and in every possible area where the United States can play a role in supporting the Iraqi government," Maliki added.

Date created : 2009-07-22

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