Remarks With Speaker of the Iraq Parliament Osama al-Nujaifi Before Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 24, 2011

SECRETARY CLINTON: I am delighted to welcome the speaker here to the State Department. I had the opportunity and pleasure of meeting with him shortly after he assumed this position late last year, and I have been very impressed by his management and leadership of the COR in Iraq. I know it’s not easy, having served in legislative bodies myself. And I’m looking forward to our discussion about a number of issues that are important to Iraq and the United States and also regional and global matters as well.

MR. AL-NUJAIFI: (Via translator) I am very happy for being here at the Department of State and with my meeting with her Excellency the Secretary of State. The partnership between the United States and Iraq is very important for the future of the region, and we must cooperate to bring a stable democracy to Iraq, and it is the hope that this becomes an example for the area. Iraq is now going through a transitional period, and we must cooperate with all our friends in pursuit of stability and progress.

This is a great occasion to meet her Excellency the Secretary of State again. And I am happy for being in the United States. The visit was a great success, and it strengthened the solid relationship between the two countries.


PRN: 2011/1053