US welcomes Iraq government deal as `big step`

The White House welcomed a power-sharing deal hammered out in Iraq, eight months after a contested general election, as a "big step forward."

Updated: Nov 11, 2010, 20:52 PM IST

Washington: The White House on Thursday
welcomed a power-sharing deal hammered out in Iraq, eight
months after a contested general election, as a "big step
forward."

"The apparent agreement to form an inclusive
government is a big step forward for Iraq," said Anthony
Blinken, national security advisor to Vice President Joe
Biden.
"All along we`ve said the best result would be a
government that reflects the results of the elections,
includes all the major blocs representing Iraq`s ethnic and
sectarian groups, and that does not exclude or marginalise
anyone."

PTI

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