Iraq PM tells Turkish president he will brief neighbors about U.S. pact.hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;}.hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;}Iraq will send delegations to neighboring countries to explain a pact with the United States allowing U.S. troops to remain on its territory for three years, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told the Turkish President in a telephone conversation on Friday.

Maliki "will dispatch delegations to Iraq’s neighbors, including Turkey, to show them the security agreement after receiving the American replies to the proposed modifications," a statement from his office quoted him as telling Turkish President Abdullah Gul.
He would do so after Baghdad receives a U.S. reply to five proposed amendments made by Iraq, the statement added.
On Wednesday, U.S. President George W. Bush promised to consider Baghdad's proposed changes to the SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement) but warned against shifts t to be in place by the end of the year to set new guidelines for U.S. military operations in Iraq after the expiry of the present U.N. mandate.
The draft pact, which has triggered fierce opposition in Iraq, says US forces will withdraw from towns and neighborhoods by the end of June next year and from the whole country by the end of 2011.
Iraq's neighbors include Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan.
The two also discussed the terror organization PKK, which launches attacks in Turkey from bases in northern Iraq, Iraqi officials told AP.
The officials said Gul expressed pleasure at Iraq's efforts to curb the PKK terrorists.