Biden makes surprise visit to Iraq
November 29th, 2011
11:04 AM ET

Biden makes surprise visit to Iraq

Vice President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Baghdad Tuesday, his eighth trip to the country as vice president.

"Vice President Biden has arrived in Baghdad, Iraq. While here, the Vice President will co-chair a meeting of the U.S.-Iraq Higher Coordinating Committee,” according to a White House official. “He will also meet with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, President Jalal Talabani, Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, and other political leaders.”

“The Vice President will also participate in, and give remarks at, an event to commemorate the sacrifices and accomplishments of U.S. and Iraqi troops,” the White House official added.

The trip comes more than a month after President Obama announced all U.S. forces in Iraq will be withdrawn by the end of 2011.

Update: The White House has released a full statement on the trip.  Statement after the jump.
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POTUS' Day Ahead: Netherlands invasion
November 29th, 2011
07:45 AM ET

POTUS' Day Ahead: Netherlands invasion

President Obama welcomes Prime Minister Mark Putte of the Netherlands to the White House Tuesday, an effort by the two countries to express their economic ties. Netherlands is the third largest direct investor in the United States, according to the White House, and is among the top 10 destinations for U.S. exports.

The meeting comes a day after President Obama met with European economic leaders over the Euro crisis, so it is likely that topic will come up as well.

Also on the meeting agenda is talk of the 2012 NATO summit, which will be held in Chicago next May.

Meanwhile, Jay Carney will brief reporters at 1:00 p.m. ET today.

Full schedule:
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