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Bush Met with Iraqi National Security Advisor
Rubaie Attended Centcom Conference in Florida
05/02/2007 9:52 PM ET
National Security Advisor for Iraq Dr. Muwafaq Al-Rubaie (L) and Lt General Yacoob Abu-Khudur, Iraq Joint Forces Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, listen as US President George W. Bush makes remarks at the US Central Command Coalition Conference in Ta
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National Security Advisor for Iraq Dr. Muwafaq Al-Rubaie (L) and Lt General Yacoob Abu-Khudur, Iraq Joint Forces Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, listen as US President George W. Bush makes remarks at the US Central Command Coalition Conference in Ta

President Bush met with Iraqi National Security Advisor Muwafaq al-Rubaie at Tuesday's Central Command conference in Florida, Aswat al-Iraq reports in Arabic.

The two discussed the “security and political developments” in Iraq, according to a statement released by the Iraqi government and obtained by the news agency.

The statement, released by the Iraqi prime minister’s “National Center for Information” said that the two met on the sidelines of the international conference at Centcom headquarters in Tampa, Florida, which Bush attended on Tuesday.

The two parties discussed security and political developments. The statement mentions the expedition of training and equipment of Iraqi armed forces as a topic of discussion.

The statement reveals little about the nature of the conversation, but does say that al-Rubaie emphasized “the importance of the multinational coalition’s expediting the training and equipping of the Iraqi forces, for the sake of the quickest transition of responsibility to the Iraqi civilian authorities.”

The statement also says that President Bush “renewed the commitment of the United States to supporting the Iraqi political process in the security and political fields,” Aswat al-Iraq reports.

Top Iraq-related US military brass attended the Centcom conference, including Gen. Petraeus, the commander of US forces in Iraq, and Adm. Fallon, the head of Centcom, United States Central Command, the section of the military that operates in the most of the Middle East, including overseeing US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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