President Bush says Iraq's parliament has taken a major step toward democracy by approving an agreement to let U.S. troops stay in the country for three more years.
The president also is praising a separate accord establishing a long-term relationship between the two countries. The agreements still must be approved by Iraq's Presidency Council.
Bush issued a statement Thursday from his Camp David retreat in Maryland, where he was celebrating Thanksgiving with his family.
Bush credited the success of the U.S. troop increase widely referred to as the "surge" and the courage of the Iraqi people for making the agreements possible. He said that two years ago, it seemed unlikely that such an accord would go through. He said that the two agreements, taken together, affirm the growth of Iraq's democracy.
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