US shrugs off Sarkozy call for Iraq withdrawal

28th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

US shrugs off Sarkozy call for Iraq withdrawal

BELLEVUE, Washington, Aug 28, 2007 (AFP) - The White House on Monday shrugged off French President Nicolas Sarkozy's call for a clear timetable for the pullout of international forces from Iraq.

US President George W. Bush "will wait to hear from General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker before any decisions on troop levels are made," national security spokesman Gordon Johndroe said.

Johndroe was referring to the September 15 Iraq progress report anchored on findings from the US commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, and the US ambassador to Baghdad, Ryan Crocker.

Making his first major foreign policy speech since taking office earlier this year, Sarkozy recalled that France had opposed the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 but that it was now ready to help the international community find a political solution.

"We appreciate President Sarkozy's support for greater involvement of the international community in Iraq," said Johndroe.

AFP

Subject: French news

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