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Bush pledges continuous support to Iraq

Bush reiterates his support for moving forward vigorously on political, economic and security fronts, a White House spokesman said.

world Updated: Jun 19, 2007 17:28 IST

US President George W Bush has pledged continuous support to war-torn Iraq during a 52-minute secure video conference with Prime Minister Nuri Maliki, President Jalal Talabani and two vice presidents.

"The president got a briefing on ongoing activities among all the parties in terms of pursuing political, economic and security reforms. He also expressed his support for their working together, especially considering what has gone on recently in Iraq, the attacks in Samarra," said White House spokesperson Tony Snow.

Bush reiterated his support for moving forward vigorously on political, economic and security fronts, Snow said.

The Bush administration has been urged to make the Iraqi government set up benchmarks for continued US support.

The US launched the Iraq war in 2003 and toppled the Saddam Hussein regime. However, the new Iraqi government has been struggling amid persistent bombing attacks and sectarian violence.