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President Obama, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Hold Joint Press Conference in Rose Garden

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009; 3:45 PM


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[*] OBAMA: Good afternoon, everybody. I am very pleased to welcome Prime Minister al-Maliki back to Washington. We just concluded a very productive discussion about a wide range of issues.

We meet at an important moment. Substantial progress has been made since Prime Minister Maliki's first visit to Washington in 2006 and since the prime minister and I had a chance to sit down together in Baghdad.

Violence continues to be down, and Iraqis are taking responsibility for their future.

This progress has been made possible by the resilience of the Iraqi people and security forces, and also because of the extraordinary service of American troops and civilians in Iraq.

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