Thursday, October 08, 2009 06:35 GMT
US President Barack Obama met with his Iraqi counterpart Jalal Talabani at the White House in a meeting that was not scheduled on Obama’s agenda.
The US President dropped in on a meeting Tuesday between his national security advisor James Jones and President Talabani at the White House.
"The President conveyed appreciation for the leadership that President Talabani has shown in promoting national unity in Iraq and encouraged him to continue his efforts in this regard," a White House statement said.
Obama told Talabani that the United States was committed to working with Iraqis on security and political progress.
Withdrawing US Forces from Iraq does not mean leaving or neglecting the country, President Obama said stressing that Washington is committed to the bilateral agreement and the principles of the strategic cooperation with Iraq.