POLITICS
12/15/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Iraqi PM Maliki Now Supports US "Withdrawal Agreement", Source Says

BAGHDAD -- Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki has informed Iraq's presidency council that he now supports a security agreement with the United States, a Shiite Muslim legislator who's close to the premier said Friday.

Lawmaker Sami al Askari said that Maliki had declared his backing for the controversial accord at a meeting last week with Iraq's president and vice presidents. The only person who dissented was the Sunni vice president, Tariq al Hashimi.

Askari said Maliki planned to address the nation in coming days to ask for the people's support of the agreement, which Iraqi officials now call the "withdrawal agreement."

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