By Kevin Bogardus - 10/23/11 05:48 PM EDT
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday the United States will continue to have a presence in the Middle East despite plans to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of this year.
Speaking on ABC’s This Week, Clinton said the U.S. military will not have bases in Iraq but that America will have an ongoing relationship with the country.
“And as you know, we have a lot of presence in that region. So, no, we’re not going to have bases in Iraq. But we have bases elsewhere, we have security relations from Jordan to Colombia,” Clinton said.
The United States will continue to be a partner to Iraq, according to Clinton.
“So we’re going to be present in Iraq, supporting the Iraqis and continually discussing with them what their needs are. And no one should miscalculate our commitment to Iraq, most particularly Iran,” Clinton said.