Obama to meet with Iraq’s prime minister next month

October 16, 2013
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

President Obama will meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at the White House on Nov. 1, the administration announced Wednesday.

"The visit will highlight the importance of the U.S.-Iraq relationship under the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement," the White House said in a statement.  "The President looks forward to discussing with Prime Minister Maliki efforts to enhance cooperation in the fields covered under the [agreement], and to coordinating on a range of regional issues."

Iraq remains an important U.S. ally in the Middle East, though in recent months its government has come under attack for seeking to quiet its critics with harsh tactics.



Juliet Eilperin is The Washington Post's White House bureau chief, covering domestic and foreign policy as well as the culture of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. She is the author of two books—one on sharks, and another on Congress, not to be confused with each other—and has worked for the Post since 1998.
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