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The trip comes more than a month after President Obama announced all U.S. forces in Iraq will be withdrawn by the end of 2011.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

Vice President Biden has arrived in Baghdad, Iraq. While there, the Vice President will co-chair a meeting of the U.S.-Iraq Higher Coordinating Committee. 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.

Over nearly three years in office, the Administration has kept its promises on Iraq. American forces withdrew from Iraq’s cities in July 2009. The United States ended its combat mission in Iraq on August 31, 2010, and drew down to fewer than 50,000 troops from approximately 144,000 in January 2009. Throughout this period, violence in Iraq has remained at its lowest level since 2003. On October 21st, President Obama and Prime Minister Maliki agreed that it was in the best interests of both the United States and Iraq to draw down U.S. forces by the end of 2011 and embark on a new phase in our relationship—a long-term strategic partnership across a range of sectors. In accordance with the 2008 Security Agreement between our two nations, all U.S. forces will leave Iraq by December 31, 2011.

Now, pursuant to the U.S-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement, we are deepening our cooperation on politics and diplomacy; trade and finance; energy; services, technology, the environment, and transportation; law enforcement and the judiciary; and defense and security. This week’s meeting of the Higher Coordinating Committee in Baghdad will address and enhance our joint efforts on each of these important policy areas.

This is Vice President Biden’s eighth trip to Iraq since his election as Vice President.


soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Shawn Harrison

    America the home of the Brave not the FREE! If we look for the truth in our government our representation is not of the American people, only the wealthy. HOW come the NEWS! never talks about the IQD, which all of our reps and senators own and most of the countries in dire straits also own. Americans YOUR Government is not working for YOU, they are working for their own families, not yours! iraq and the rebuilding of this country is a front for all the rich, American NEWs ARE mostly Liars, high paid to lie about the worlde a surplus of food, money and policies to keep the wealthy liars hidden agenda hidden from our own eyes. Americans GO BUY IRAQ DINAR and see how fast the truth comes out! Go Buy Iraq DINAR (money) and see how fast this world problem gets solved. LOL We ar fools listening to all their Lie's. My family fought in the American Revolution and looks like we get to go another round, I cannot wait until Americans wake up and get the truth in business.....

    November 29, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  2. Howard

    BIDEN ... do America a favor ... stay in Iraq !!!

    November 29, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  3. jean2009

    Obama-Biden 2012

    November 29, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  4. 4148

    where is Obama? ohh that's right hes campaigning spending tax dollars and sinking america further into debt. Our dear Mr president sure loves his country.

    November 30, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  5. Mia

    Alright then.I'M THE ONE whose being naive here.Someone who's obviously NOT on a banawdgon and who supports an intervention that's been opportunistically and demagogically put to unwarranted shame.Someone who offers up polemics to a person who only gets responses of solipsism in return(THE STATE LIED LOL THAT MAKES ME LOOK SKEPTICAL AND COOL SAYING THAT).And if you ever thought that the Establishment was PRO-Iraq war you really are an idiot.Tell that to Kissinger and the Deep State

    July 31, 2012 at 9:05 am |