Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Maliki rejects U.S. timetables; 'We will find many around the world who will support us in our endeavor'

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki hit back at U.S. criticism of his government on Wednesday, saying nobody had the right to set timetables for progress.

The U.S. ambassador to Baghdad said on Tuesday Iraq had made "extremely disappointing" progress towards reconciling its warring sects, while President George W. Bush said there was "a certain level of frustration with the leadership in general"...

"Maybe this person who made a statement yesterday is upset by the nature of our visit to Syria," Maliki said. He did not make clear if he was referring to U.S. ambassador Ryan Crocker or Bush.

"These statements do not concern us a lot. What concerns us is our democratic experiment and adhering to the constitution. We will find many around the world who will support us in our endeavor."

Read the rest at the Wahington Post

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