Iraq's foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, was in Paris on Friday for talks with his French counterpart, Bernard Kouchner, who recently visited Baghdad.
The meeting was being held a day after US President George W. Bush ordered gradual reductions in US forces in Iraq, saying: "The more successful we are, the more American troops can return home."
Bush said 5,700 US forces would be home by late December, and that four brigades - for a total of at least 21,500 troops - would return by July, along with an undetermined number of support forces. Now at its highest level of the war, the US troop strength stands at 168,000.
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