Bush, Al-Maliki sign US-Iraq security agreement

Posted in Iraq | 15-Dec-08 | Source: Gulf in the Media

U.S. President George W. Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki exchange documents during a ceremonial signing of documents affirming the security pact agreement in Baghdad, Iraq December 14, 2008.

US president George Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki signed the security agreement between Baghdad and Washington here Sunday.
Bush and Al-Maliki signed the Status Forces Agreement (SOFA) which stipulates that US forces begin withdrawing from Iraqi areas as of June 2009 and will be leaving the country by end of 2011.
The signing of SOFA is the culmination of marathon negotiations, and tough legal and constitutional procedures. The Iraqi parliament approved the security agreement on November 27 of this year.
Bush, who arrived earlier today on an unannounced visit, is paying his fourth visit to Iraq since 2003.
Meanwhile, as Bush was holding a news conference with Al-Maliki an Iraqi reporter threw his shoes at the US president but missed him.
Security guards rushed to Al-Baghdadiya TV journalist Montadher Al-Zeidi and got him out of the room.
Other Iraqi journalists apologized for Bush for this incident.
Bush said "I didn't feel the least threatened by it."