The United States and Iraq have agreed to pursue a "general time horizon" for removing some US troops, the White House announced Friday.

President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki talked about a timeline Thursday and agreed to seek "a general time horizon for meeting aspirational goals, such as the resumption of Iraqi security control in their cities and provinces and the further reduction of U.S. combat forces from Iraq," the White House said.

The Iraqi government is proposing that US troops fully withdraw from the country within five years, but the White House has been unwilling to talk about specifics.

White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said the agreement shows that Iraq has "reached a point" where discussions about a transition over the control of security could take place, but added