Iraqi Interior Minister Visits, Thanks Wounded Troops at Walter Reed

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2008 – Iraq’s interior minister thanked U.S. servicemembers and their families for their sacrifices on behalf of his country during a visit with wounded U.S. troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here today.

Through an interpreter, Jawad al-Bulani told reporters that he wanted to convey his country’s “gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices made by these great warrior-soldiers, in the freeing of the Iraqi people and in helping us in Iraq to recover from tyranny and dictatorship.”

Bulani also praised U.S. servicemembers’ families, noting their sacrifices are equally important and appreciated by his nation.

The senior Iraqi official also told reporters that he’d witnessed “the level of technical and medical sophistication” that is being practiced at Walter Reed. Observations at Walter Reed will be employed “to help our own wounded and many, many victims of terrorism and violence in Iraq,” Bulani said
When asked about media speculation on possible windows of time for possible phased withdrawals of U.S. forces from Iraq, Bulani commented that his government is engaged in ongoing discussions involving many issues that “will depend on all kinds of considerations that will come into play.”