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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Iraq Opposes Troop Withdrawal; Parliament Will Not Recess

Bottom Line Up Front: Iraq's official policy does not support the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, siding with President Bush over the Democrats.

At the Iraq Summit in Egypt today in which Iraq met with its neighbors and U.S. Secretary of State Condi Rice, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari spoke with CNN this morning.

In the interview, Zebari said Iraq’s position is not supportive of a fixed timetable for withdrawal, but instead relies on conditions on the ground, aligning Iraq with President Bush’s position on a troop withdrawal.

Zebari also said that the Iraqi Parliament will not recess for the summer but will continue with its legislative agenda.

Zebari then commented that the summit in Egypt is so important because consequences of a failed Iraqi government would be devastating to the region.

Also read Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari's Don’t Abandon Us in the Washington Post, Friday, May 4, 2007; Page A23.

Cross-posted @: Bottom Line Up Front

[Update] Link by Yid With Lid---THANKS.