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Secretary Rice: Travel to Iraq, Kuwait, and Bahrain, April 20-22, 2008

Secretary Rice with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, bottom right, UN Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Ben Lynn Basco, top left, and Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Mousa, at Conference of Neighboring Countries of Iraq, in Kuwait City,  April 22, 2008. ©AP Images.
Secretary in Middle East
Secretary Rice (Apr. 22):
The United States remains committed to fostering a sovereign and democratic and prosperous and unified Iraq, a federal Iraq that is at peace with itself and with its neighbors. And I believe that this expanded neighbors process has emerged as a forum for the international community to address the political, economic and security challenges that face Iraq and the region, as the United States is very grateful for everyone’s participation and, indeed, to be a participant." Full Text
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice traveled to Iraq on April 20 to meet with U.S. embassy and military officials and Iraqi leadership. She then went to Bahrain to participate in an April 21 meeting of foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Egypt and Jordan. She then went to Kuwait to participate in an Expanded Neighbors of Iraq Ministerial on April 22.

Remarks made during the trip
--04/22/08  Remarks with Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari After Their Meeting; Kuwait City, Kuwait
--04/22/08  Intervention Remarks at Expanded Iraq Neighbors Meeting; Kuwait City, Kuwait 
--04/21/08 Remarks With Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid Al Khalifa; Manama, Bahrain
--04/20/08 Remarks With Iraqi President Jalal Talabani; Baghdad, Iraq
--04/20/08 Remarks With U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker; Roundtable with Press; Baghdad, Iraq
--04/20/08 Remarks at the Embassy of the United States, Baghdad; Baghdad, Iraq
--04/20/08 Moving Forward in Iraq; Remarks en route Baghdad, Iraq ; Baghdad, Iraq
--04/19/08 Trip Briefing; En route Shannon, Ireland

Information related to the trip
--04/22/08  Manama Declaration
--04/21/08 U.S.-United Arab Emirates Memorandum of Understanding on Nuclear Energy Cooperation

Photo Gallery
Secretary Rice meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad, Iraq on April 20, 2008.  State Department photo
Photos from Iraq


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