US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday that there should be legitimate power-sharing and an "inclusive government" in Iraq.
Clinton's comments, during a visit to Australia, came after rival parties in Iraq reached a deal to pave the way for the formation of a new government eight months after an inconclusive election.
She said she did not want to comment until the deal on the formation of a government was formally announced by the Iraqis. "But it is fair to say that we have been consistently urging the Iraqis to have an inclusive government that reflects the interests and needs of the various sectors of the population, that there had to be legitimate power-sharing amongst groups and individuals.
"That is what we hope at the end of this process will be the result of all of their negotiation," Clinton said.