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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
November 26, 2007

Fact Sheet: U.S.-Iraq Declaration of Principles for Friendship and Cooperation

The U.S. and Iraqi "Declaration of Principles" is a shared statement of intent that establishes common principles to frame our future relationship.  This moves us closer to normalized, bilateral relations between our two countries.  With this declaration, leaders of Iraq and the United States commit to begin negotiating the formal arrangements that will govern such a relationship. 

The Declaration Is A Continuation Of A Commitment That Began This August

The governments of Iraq and the United States are committed to developing a long-term relationship as two fully sovereign and independent states with common interests. 

The Declaration Sets The U.S. And Iraq On A Path Toward Negotiating Agreements That Are Common Throughout The World

The U.S. has security  relationships with over 100 countries around the world, including recent agreements with nations such as Afghanistan and former Soviet bloc countries. 

The relationship envisioned will include U.S.-Iraqi cooperation in the political, diplomatic, economic and security arenas.  The United States and Iraq intend to negotiate arrangements based upon a range of principles:

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