WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama met Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in an unannounced encounter and praised him for promoting national unity, the White House said.
Obama dropped in on a meeting Tuesday between his national security advisor James Jones and Talabani at the White House on Tuesday, after speaking to Talabani by telephone on Monday.
"The President conveyed appreciation for the leadership that President Talabani has shown in promoting national unity in Iraq and encouraged him to continue his efforts in this regard," a White House statement said.
Obama told Talabani that the United States was committed to working with Iraqis on security and political progress.
The United States is committed to withdrawing all combat troops from Iraq by August 2010 ahead of a complete pullout of all forces by the end of 2011.