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Iraqi VP Mahdi Assures Bush on Progress
Bush, Mahdi Talked One Hour at White House Meeting
03/15/2007 2:49 PM ET
WASHINGTON - MARCH 15: U.S. President George W. Bush (R) shakes hands with Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi following their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House March 15, 2005 in Washington, DC.
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WASHINGTON - MARCH 15: U.S. President George W. Bush (R) shakes hands with Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi following their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House March 15, 2005 in Washington, DC.

Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdul Mahdi, told President Bush in a White House meeting today that the Baghdad security plan has made more progress than they had anticipated.

As Mahdi told reporters in a press conference following his one-hour conversation with Bush in the Oval Office, "Our security plan is marking some points. We are not finished, but we are doing better than expected in this plan."

Mahdi also pointed out that much more work remains to be done:

"The reconciliation process will take our political agenda forward. We are working on many issues; the hydrocarbon bill, which we approved in the Cabinet. We are working on a deBaathification bill and it will be presented later. We are working on so many things."

President Bush told Mahdi:

"I appreciate very much the progress that you're making. I know it's hard work. It's hard work to overcome distrust that has built up over the years because your country was ruled by a tyrant that created distrust amongst people."
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