The White House is welcoming Iraq's approval of a security pact that sets a three-year timeframe for U.S. troops to leave.
White House press secretary Dana Perino said the Iraqi presidential council's approval Thursday sets a path for American troops to come home. She called the agreement a "remarkable achievement for both of our countries."
Perino called the pact a landmark agreement that will guide the U.S. relationship with Iraq and help solidify Iraq's Democratic gains.
Under the deal, U.S. forces will withdraw from Iraqi cities by June 30 and from the entire country by Jan. 1, 2012. But the agreement includes the caveat that it should go before Iraqi voters in a referendum by the end of July -- when the deal will already be in effect.