The US will not engage in a withdrawal timetable until Iraq attains stability – Rice at Sharm el Sheik Saturday

The US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice affirmed at a news conference that the Maliki government is serious about disarming militias. US security and that of the international community will be ensured when stability is instituted in Iraq.
The Iraq conference ended Friday with the Iranian FM Manuchehr Mottaki’s denunciation of US policy. He called for a clear US plan for the withdrawal of its troops from Iraq. He called for a clear US plan for the withdrawal of its troops from Iraq. During the conference, he avoided meeting directly with the US secretary of state.
The US must accept responsibility arising from the occupation of Iraq and not point the finger at others, said the Iranian foreign minister. He called for the immediate release of the five Iranians US troops detained in northern Iraq in January.
Speaking before him, Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki urged neighboring countries to stop the infiltration of terrorists into Iraq and withhold their funds.
US ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker talked for just three minutes with Iranian deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi. But at a Thursday night dinner, Manouchehr Mottaki excused himself and left when he saw he was seated opposite the US secretary. He complained the Egyptian female violist was immodestly dressed in red.
Earlier Thursday, Rice held what she called a “professional and businesslike” meeting with Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem for 30 minutes, on the conference sidelines. It was the first such meeting in four years during which relations have been strained over Lebanon and Iraq.
Delegates of more than 60 nations endorsed a five-year International Compact for Iraq, under which Baghdad will institute reforms on oil revenue distribution and Sunni participation in government and will receive major financial assistance and debt relief. Delegates also agreed to forgive roughly $32 billion of Iraq’s remaining $56 billion debt from the Saddam Hussein era.

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