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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 21, 2006

President's Remarks on the Formation of a New Government in Iraq
Diplomatic Reception Room

President's Remarks

      In Focus: Renewal in Iraq

8:33 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: The formation of a unity government in Iraq is a new day for the millions of Iraqis who want to live in freedom. And the formation of the unity government in Iraq begins a new chapter in our relationship with Iraq.

This morning, I called the President, the Prime Minister and the Speaker to congratulate them on working together to form the unity government. I assured them that the United States will continue to assist the Iraqis in the formation of a free country, because I fully understand that a free Iraq will be an important ally in the war on terror, will serve as a devastating defeat for the terrorists and al Qaeda, and will serve as an example for others in the region who desire to be free.

Thank you.

END 8:34 A.M. EDT

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