FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2009 AT 12:02 PM
The Vice President and the Future of a United Iraq
Posted by Jesse Lee
The Vice President just returned to Wilmington, Delaware after three days in Iraq. He met with local and national leaders, helping to keep Iraq moving towards a secure, united future. Speaking to the press alongside the president of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region, Massoud Barzani, he laid out the Administration’s sustained commitment to Iraqi independence:
The United States fully understands -- recognizes, and supports -- the notion that there's a sovereign Iraqi government. But we stand ready to use our good offices to support Iraqi national unity. Above all, the United States remains committed to a long-term, bilateral relationship with a united Iraq. We stand ready to continue this partnership with President Barzani and the other leaders of Iraq -- all those who are willing to make this country safer -- and to take the concrete, although difficult steps that still remain to ensure Iraq's long-term success and unity.