Biden visits Iraq for reconciliation effort

Just days after U.S. troops pulled out of Iraqi cities, Vice President Biden landed in Iraq to begin work on encouraging political reconciliation as violence continues.

Biden's trip comes in the same week that the White House said that the vice president will take an overseer role as the U.S. takes steps toward a complete withdrawal from the country by the end of 2011.

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Biden's two-day trip will include meeting with Iraqi leaders like President Jalal Talabani, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Speaker of the Council of Representatives Ayad al-Samarrai, the White House said Thursday.

"The vice president will reiterate the United States’ commitment to fully implement the security agreement and the strategic framework agreement and to carry out President Obama’s plan to draw down U.S. forces," the White House said. "He will discuss with Iraq’s leaders the importance of achieving the political progress that is necessary to ensure the nation’s long-term stability."

Obama is scheduled to leave the country on Sunday for meetings in Russia, Italy and Ghana.