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Iraqi Leader Visits Washington Amid US Troop Drawdown

President Barack Obama has said US and Iraq will enjoy a "normal relationship between sovereign nations" after US troops leave at the end of 2011.

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(This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the audio to hear it.)

He met Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Washington for talks on Iraq's future as American troops prepare to complete their withdrawal.

Obama confirmed no bases or troops would remain in the country next year.

"Those days are over," President Obama said, adding that Iraq's sovereignty should be respected.

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Jane Arraf, Baghdad-based reporter for the Christian Science Monitor and al-Jazeera International.

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    Credit: Pete Souza

    President Barack Obama greets Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki in the Oval Office on July 22, 2009.

    (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    Nouri al-Maliki and President Obama (BBC Video)

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