The White House, President George W. Bush Click to print this document

For Immediate Release
April 16, 2004

Global Message

President Bush outlined his strategy for Iraq's transition to sovereignty during his 4/13/04 press conference

"America's objective in Iraq is limited, and it is firm: We seek an independent, free and secure Iraq. We have set a deadline of June 30th for the transfer of sovereignty back to the Iraqi people. It is important that we meet that deadline." --President Bush, 4/13/04

June 30, 2004 -- Iraqi officials will assume full responsibility for the ministries of government. The transitional administrative law, including a bill of rights that is unprecedented in the Arab world, will take full effect.

June 30, 2004 -- The United States and the coalition will establish normal diplomatic relations with the Iraqi government. An American embassy will open, and an American ambassador will be posted.

January 2005 -- Iraq will hold elections for a national assembly.

October 2005 -- The permanent constitution will be presented to the Iraqi people in a national referendum. The national assembly will be responsible for drafting this new, permanent constitution.

December 15, 2005 -- Iraqis will elect a permanent government by December 15, 2005, which will mark the completion of Iraq's transition from dictatorship to freedom.

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