New U.S. Diplomatic Iraq Strategy

February 27, 2007

The U.S. and the Iraqi government have launched a new diplomatic strategy, inviting Iran and Syria, to a meeting to talk about stabilizing Iraq.

"We hope these governments seize this opportunity to improve their relations with Iraq and to work for peace and stability in the region" said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

The strategy is a change in direction for the Bush administration which had previously resisted including Iran and Syria in talks on stabilizing Iraq.

The Bush administration has increasingly publicly criticized Iran's role in Iraq, accusing the country of supplying deadly weapons to the country. The administration has also accused Syria of harboring anti-Iraqi government forces.

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