Britain's Tony Blair on Saturday paid his final visit as prime minister to Iraq. He flew into Baghdad's Green Zone to meet President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
Four years after the invasion to Iraq, American and British soldiers face daily attacks and the death toll is mounting.
But Blair believes there have been positive political developments and he decided to discuss a coherent plan with Maliki to see faster progress. "We need to take advantage of the possible momentum in Iraqi politics to create the space for long-term security," Blair's official spokesman told reporters, according to Reuters.
"The key to that is reconciliation ensuring the needs of Iraqis of different communities are properly taken into account and a lasting political accommodation is reached between them."