WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner visited Iraq over the weekend to express U.S. commitment to the country's postwar success, despite a rancorous Washington budget debate over spending cuts.
The Ohio Republican lawmaker's office said on Sunday that Boehner led a delegation including four other House Republicans and a House Democrat. The group met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, U.S. Ambassador James Jeffrey and senior military officials. It provided few other details.
The delegation focused on future cooperation between the U.S. and Iraqi governments and the need to protect both Iraq's sovereignty and U.S. interests.
"Our first priority must be ensuring that the remaining 46,000 U.S. forces and their civilian counterparts that are working with the government of Iraq and advising and assisting the Iraqi security forces have the resources and support they need to complete their mission," Boehner said in a statement.