November 18, 2008 4:38 PM

Maliki on Iraq TV calls for passage of troop pact with U.S.

Maliki's nationally televised address marked his first clear, public endorsement of the treaty after nine months of what he called "difficult and complicated" negotiations with U.S. officials. In May, Maliki declared that the negotiations were at an impasse, and he'd remained lukewarm this fall, neither endorsing nor rejecting the agreement.

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