Biden visits Iraq amid political impasse

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Biden can carefully, but still clearly, remind Iraqi politicians that the future relationship of their country with the U.S. is not yet guaranteed to be close or alliance-like,” O’Hanlon said Saturday. “Their own actions will have much to say about whether Congress and American people will ultimately support such a continued relationship — including military cooperation to economic aid to strong private sector ties.”

The top Iraqi to greet Biden on Saturday was Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, who has previously accused the U.S. of being more focused on the U.S. troops withdrawal than on breaking the political gridlock. There are currently about 77,500 U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq.

Upon arrival, the vice president immediately met with U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill, the top American military commander in Iraq, U.S. Army Gen. Ray Odierno, and the top U.N. envoy to Iraq, Ad Melkert.

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