MELBOURNE, Australia — US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday said that the US hopes Iraq is finally close to forming a new government — eight months after elections.
Speaking in Australia, Clinton would not confirm reports that the political factions in Iraq have reached a deal. She said she cannot comment until Iraq announces a deal.
But Clinton added that the US hopes Iraq's political factions are near the end of their haggling. She says the US wants Iraq's political blocs to form an inclusive government that represents all interests.
The leaders of the main political factions planned to meet later Monday amid signs they are close to breaking the political deadlock. The two men vying for prime minister — incumbent Nouri al-Maliki and his rival Ayad Allawi — both plan to attend, officials from their respective parties said.