July 15th, 2009
11:37 AM ET
5 years ago

Al-Maliki to visit White House later this month

(CNN) - The White House announced Wednesday Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will visit the White House later this month:

Statement by the Press Secretary on the visit of Prime Minister al-Maliki to the White House

President Obama looks forward to welcoming Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq to the White House on Wednesday, July 22. The United States and Iraq enjoy a close relationship and are partners in building a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq through the responsible withdrawal of U.S. forces and the encouragement of new ties in trade, commerce, culture and education. The President looks forward to consulting with the Prime Minister on a broad agenda of issues of mutual concern.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. get us out of there

    good, meeting the pres

    now bring our boys home

    July 15, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I'm curious to know how much longer Al-Maliki will stay in power.

    July 15, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    The Bush puppet!

    July 15, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. AB

    Thank you GW Bush for toppling the dictator and making this possible...
    DOH.
    OOPS.
    I mean...Bush lied, Uday died!
    No blood for oil!!
    No WMD!!!
    Abu Ghrab!!!!
    Gitmo!!!!!
    Cheney is the devil and Palin is his spawn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Ahhh.... much better.

    July 15, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Bring your checkbook – you may have to pay a fee to go back to your country.

    July 15, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. Larry

    We've begun our withrawal from Iraq, at least from the cities. The violence is escalating.

    That must not stop us from leaving Iraq. The war going on over there now is a civil war that has been going on for a long time and does not concern us or the war on terror. We shouldn't have attacked Iraq in the first place.

    I knew this would happen.

    PRESIDENT OBAMA, IF YOU WANT TO SAVE HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS TO FINANCE HEALTH CARE AND ENERGY REFORM END THESE USELESS WARS!

    July 15, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Obama, unlike his predecessor, recognizes the importance of establish a dialogue with countries in this part ofthe world like Iraq. We, the U.S., have done a phenomenal job in the past of looking down our noses or alternately being unwelcomed interlopers in our dealings with the Muslim countries. We brag about how tolerant we are, and respectful of someone's customs, politics, or way of life. That tolerance in the past has traditionally been extended only to countries whose customs are akin to ours.

    I concur with Obama's demeanor and approach vis-a-vis our foreign policy stance, as I think that we have treated some of these nations with arrogance and disdain.

    July 15, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Expat American

    AB July 15th, 2009 12:02 pm ET
    Thank you GW Bush for toppling the dictator and making this possible…
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    It's curious how Republicans will use the toppling of Saddam to justify their support of Bush's failure to prove that there were any WMDs in Iraq (wasn't this the real reason that Bush launched his invasion?).

    When did these Republicans start caring about the welfare of Iraqis – they are Muslim after all and who accused President Obama of being a Muslim? Who also cheered when false U.S. intelligence mistakenly sent missiles into family weddings during the outset of shock and awe?

    These same Republicans.

    July 15, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. Randolph Carter

    AB July 15th, 2009 12:02 pm ET
    Thank you GW Bush for toppling the dictator and making this possible…

    Thank you CIA and Great Britain for toppling the democratically elected government of Iran and installing the shah back in '53 all in the name of oil profits for BP, making the Islamic revolution possible. Have a nice day!

    July 15, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. David

    Great Job Mister President. Keep the dialogue going. That's what it will take to correct the many wrongs done by Bush and Chaney, and get back to a stable relationship with the rest of the world.

    Why don't we just hand them Bush and Chaney, and the world would be a much better place.

    July 15, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. Jefe

    Expat, I'm pretty sure ABs post was being sarcastic. Anyhow, I was surpirsed not to see more posts on this article about how this is a "distraction" from the "failed stimulus". Its funny how Neoconservative Fascists consider lowering new job losses from over 700,000 to the 400,000's.

    The part of the stimulus money intended to create jobs is just BARELY working its way through our economic system, but like the 2-year-old mentality of GWB, many believe all Obama has to do is flip a switch and all of the damage perpetrated upon our country by the Bush-Cheney administration will be undone. Sorry folks, but when an enemy infiltrates the highest level of your government and spends 8 years purposely doing as much damage as it can to your nation, it takes time.

    July 15, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Mississippi Mike

    Good. We need to nurture democracy in Iraq. Hopefully Obama won't give him DVD's that don't work or an iPod with a bunch of his speeches and "Send in the Clowns" loaded onto it. Wouldn't that be embarrassing?

    July 15, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. AB

    Dear Randolph,

    I can play that game too.
    Thank you Woodrow Wilson for not allowing a racial equality clause requested by the Japanese in the League of Nations mandate, and for the arrogant punitive Treaty of Versailles forced on Germany, which led to WWII.
    Thank you Franklin Roosevelt, for:
    – being Churchill's lapdog
    – lying to get the U.S. into the war in Europe
    – imprisoning American citizens of Japanese descent (in cahoots with the Democrat governor of California)
    – segregated military
    – secret programs, at home and in the war zones
    – coddling the dictator Stalin
    – complete censorship of media in ETO and PTO
    – policy of total war (targeting civilians)
    – philandering with mistress while pretending to be family man, thereby distracting yourself from effective war time leadership
    – quitting before the job was done
    – to sum up: FDR lied, millions died.

    Fun, huh?

    July 15, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. johnnie

    Am so impressed with our President Obama, he is making us ,the united states the leader once again, It just makes me think ,how the (fox false news morons) are just ... well (MORONS) they listsen to rushie, hannity, orelly, juan williams ,the beltway boys,talk radio and become more stupid at the end of each day.. They have no brains ,to keep following a sinking (SHIP),am saying this ,because her comes the (STUPIDS).........on the emails.

    July 15, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. Kevin B

    This war is sad episode in american history, a half baked strategy to topple Saddam has resulted in a war that has lasted longer than WW2 and has cost the american people blood and treasure and stained our international reputation for decades to come.

    This is what happens when you have an affirmative action, incompetent president for 8 years. And yes Mr Bush was the ultimate affirmative action President.

    Good luck Mr Obama in untangling this mess you inherited

    July 15, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. Kevin B

    This is what happens when you have an affirmative action, incompetent president for 8 years basing a war on lies and deception.

    And yes Mr Bush was the ultimate affirmative action President.

    Good luck Mr Obama in untangling this mess you inherited

    July 15, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. Hugo

    Hey, if we are lucky Iraq will now invade us, we can surrender immediately and then ask for reparations...

    That darned old Bush and Cheney trying to do what they felt right after 911 to protect us, how dare they! If Americans want to prosecute Bush and Cheney for war crimes, does that mean that Bill Clinton will also be up for grabs for the war atrocities he condoned in Africa, Bosnia and Serbia? Pandora's box may be fuller than you imagine!

    July 15, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |