From the Archives: President Obama Meets with Prime Minister Maliki in 2009

Back in July of 2009, President Obama hosted Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, just three weeks after all U.S. troops withdrew from Iraqi cities and transferred power to Iraq's security forces.

In his remarks that day, President Obama reiterated his committment to continue supporting Iraq as the country moved toward national unity and peace, and to remove all American troops by the end of 2011.

Watch President Obama give remarks after meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at the White House.

True to his word, the last American troops will cross the border out of Iraq in the coming days. To mark the end of the war and the impressive progress Iraqi's have make, President Obama welcomed Prime Minister Maliki to the White House again today. Together, they honored the sacrifices of all those who served, and discussed beginning a new chapter in the relationship between our two countries--an equal partnership between two sovereign nations based on mutual interests and mutual respect.

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