BAGHDAD, Oct 6 (KUNA) -- Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdul Mahdi said his
country set the end of 2008 as the date for US troop withdrawal from Iraq.
Abdul Mahdi clarified in a statement that the Iraqi leaders agreed with a
visiting US delegation for exerting effort to put and end to the US troop
presence in the country before the end of 2008, as part of the security
Iraqi Presidential Council meeting, held at residence of President Jalal
Talabani in Al-Sulaimaniya town last Saturday, was attended by US Secretary of
State Assistant John Negroponte -- during which topics of a draft agreement
with the US on the troops pull out were examined.
The American side during the meeting took the Iraqi demands into
consideration, he said.
Saturday's meeting was attended by the deputy premier, Barham Ahmad Salih,
and US ambassador to Iraq, Rayan Croker, as well as the officer in charge of
Kirkuk and other disputed areas dossiers.
Mandate of the US troops' presence in Iraq will expire on paper by the end
of this year. (end)
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