Obama, al-Maliki meet

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama had a productive meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the prime minister's office said Monday. An official with al-Maliki's office described the meeting as "very good and successful for both sides," and said Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, praised the prime minister's leadership. Obama expressed his support for the Iraqi government and noted that the passage of important legislation, such as laws addressing the production and distribution and oil revenue, would help strengthen the country, said the official, adding that Obama emphasized he was speaking in his role as a U.S. lawmaker.

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