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Bush, Iraqi Leader Sign 'Declaration of Principles'

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Bush, Iraqi Leader Sign 'Declaration of Principles'

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Bush, Iraqi Leader Sign 'Declaration of Principles'

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ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

The U.S. and Iraq are negotiating their long-term relationship, including how long U.S. troops will remain in the country.

This morning, via video conference, President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki signed a declaration of principles. It is a nonbinding agreement that frames the future military, economic and political relationships between the two countries.

MELISSA BLOCK, host:

The White House's war czar, General Douglas Lute, says the agreement signals a commitment of both the Iraqi government and the United States to an enduring relationship based on mutual interests. The details still need to be sorted out and there are lots of them. Negotiations are expected to last through July 2008.

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