Iraq presidency approves foreign troop pact

The legislation includes forces from Britain, which has 4,100 soldiers in Iraq, Australia, El Salvador, Romania and Estonia and from NATO.

Iraq presidency approves foreign troop pact
Iraq's Presidency Council on Sunday ratified a legislation allowing non-U.S. foreign troops to remain for Iraq occupation after Jan. 1.

Iraq's parliament gave approval to the measure on Tuesday.

The legislation includes forces from Britain, which has 4,100 soldiers in Iraq, Australia, El Salvador, Romania and Estonia and from NATO.

Iraq's three-member Presidency Council, comprising President Jalal Talabani and his two vice presidents, must unanimously approve all legislation passed by parliament or it goes back.

A council statement said Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's cabinet had "authorisation to determine the presence of (non-U.S.) foreign troops".


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