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Iraq: Withdrawal

Volume 691: debated on Thursday 26 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will discuss with the coalition partners a proposal for the early withdrawal of all coalition forces from Iraq. [HL3292]

We have regular consultation with our coalition partners on the situation in Iraq. The withdrawal of coalition troops will not be driven by arbitrary timetables. British forces are in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi Government. We will leave once the conditions are right; that is when the Iraqi Government, our coalition partners and we are confident that the Iraqi security forces can operate without our support.