Britain calls Iraq pact 'significant step forward'
Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague on Friday called the power-sharing deal struck in Iraq a "significant step forward" for the country after months of political deadlock.
"I was very pleased to hear of the agreement on the appointment of the Iraqi president, prime minister and speaker of the council of representatives," Hague said in a statement.
"This is a significant step forward and I now urge Iraq quickly to complete the process of forming a government that represents all Iraqis."
The power-sharing pact that saw Nuri al-Maliki named as prime minister-elect was already looking frayed Friday after parliament ended in disarray over claims the deal was broken just hours after it was sealed.
Britain was a major partner in the US-led March 2003 invasion of Iraq, with 46,000 troops taking part. The British mission in Iraq ended in July last year.
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