Iraq has been the focus of talks between the US President and British Prime Minister. George W. Bush blamed the violence in the country on outside extremists teaming up with those inside. He added that the time was coming to give Iraqis more responsibility in terms of security: “We want the combat troops out as quick as possible. We want the Iraqis taking the fight. It is very important we design programmes to be flexible and realistic. “
Tony Blair warned there was a choice – achieving democracy or giving in to dictatorship. Agreeing with one of the points made by the Iraq Study Group, he had this to say: “It is important that we do everything that we can in the wider Middle East to bring about peace between Israel and the Palestinians.” Both leaders said the Iraq Study Group’s report that was published yesterday was constructive agreeing that a new approach is needed. The committee said that situation in Iraq was grave and deteriorating.