By Sam Youngman - 07/15/09 11:30 AM EDT
In a statement announcing the visit, the White House said, "The United States and Iraq enjoy a close relationship and are partners in building a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq through the responsible withdrawal of U.S. forces and the encouragement of new ties in trade, commerce, culture and education."
Vice President Biden, who has been acting in an overseer role on withdrawal from Iraq, traveled to the country for an extended stay earlier this month. During that time, he met with Iraqi officials and U.S. military commanders.
Biden's visit to the country came just days after U.S. troops withdrew from major Iraqi cities and towns.