President Barack Obama (R) and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki conduct a joint press conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, July 22, 2009.
President Barack Obama said Wednesday that despite continuing violence in Iraq, the U.S. is on schedule to remove all troops by the end of 2011.
Standing in the Rose Garden alongside Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Obama said the nations were in the midst of a "full transition" that would be based on mutual interest and respect.
It was Obama's first meeting with al-Maliki at the White House. He met with him in Iraq in April. U.S. concerns over the slow pace of political, religious and ethnic reconciliation in Iraq were expected to dominate President Barack Obama's talks at the White House with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. read more here...