July 15, 2009
President Barack Obama will meet at the White House next week with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
A statement announcing next Wednesday's visit says the countries are "close partners" in building a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq.
Iraqi forces recently assumed responsibility for security in major cities after U.S. combat troops withdrew from towns and cities on June 30. The withdrawal was negotiated under a security pact between the two countries that took effect Jan. 1.
Some 130,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq, but they now have a lower profile.
All American forces are to leave the country by Dec. 31, 2011.
The White House says Obama looks forward to the consultations with al-Maliki.