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Iraqi Prime Minister to Meet US President at White House


Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, December 3, 2011.

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, December 3, 2011.

U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at the White House Monday to discuss Iraq's future, as U.S. forces complete their withdrawal from that Middle Eastern nation at the end of this month.

The White House says the two leaders will hold talks on efforts to "start a new chapter" in their strategic partnership.

Mr. Maliki arrived in Washington Sunday and was expected for dinner with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He also is expected to hold talks with Vice President Joe Biden during his two-day visit.

Biden visited Iraq last month. He told Iraqi leaders then that the U.S. and Iraq are embarking on a "new path."

About 7,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq, more than eight years after invading the country to oust then-dictator Saddam Hussein.

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