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Remarks Following Briefing for Senators on Iraq

Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Washington, DC
June 13, 2006

(3:45 p.m. EDT)

SECRETARY RICE: Thank you. We were very pleased to be invited to provide this briefing to the Senate. We, of course, have just returned from Camp David where we discussed how the U.S. Government can support this new Iraqi Government, the first permanent government for Iraq. It has plans. We have been listening to those plans and we are prepared to support them.

The President, of course, was there and we had an extraordinary moment this morning when we had a joint cabinet meeting between the cabinet at Camp David and the cabinet in Baghdad, and I can tell you that it was a very exciting and indeed touching moment for all of us to see this new Iraqi Government really beginning to function.

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, in your discussions did you discuss Iran and incentive package and how Iran will play into Iraq and the reconstruction of Iraq?

SECRETARY RICE: This was today about how to help the Iraqi Government. Obviously we are concerned about Iraq's neighbors. It is important that Iraq's neighbors act in a transparent way. It's important that Iraq's neighbors act in a way that contributes to the stability of Iraq, not detracts from that stability. And of course we will have those discussions through others with some of Iraq's neighbors but also directly with those neighbors, but today was about how to support national reconciliation, national recovery, and how the international community can indeed send that very strong message.

QUESTION: (Inaudible) deadline (inaudible).

SECRETARY RICE: On Iran, this was about Iraq today, but of course Iran we expect to get a response in weeks not months.

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Released on June 13, 2006

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