Meanwhile, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi said today that Italian troops might remain in Iraq after the planned 30 June transfer of sovereignty to an Iraqi government.
Earlier, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw down played the significance of recent decisions by three members of the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq to withdraw their troops.
Spain, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic have all announced they
will withdraw troops from Iraq.
Australian Prime Minister John Howard said today that Australia will not send more troops to Iraq. Speaking on Australian radio, Howard said Australian troops in Iraq will stay until their job is done. He added that no deadline has been set for when they could withdraw.
Australia originally sent 2,000 troops to Iraq as part of the U.S.-led coalition, but only about 850 are left.