미국의 조지 부쉬 대통령은13일 이라크의 누리 알-말리키 총리 및 다른 관계관들과 만나기 위해 이라크를 전격 방문했습니다.

관계관들은 말리키 총리에게 부쉬 대통령과 만나기 5분 전에야 부쉬 대통령의 이라크 방문 소식이 전해졌다고 말했습니다.

부쉬 대통령은 또한 미국 주도의 이라크 침공 이후 두번째로 이번에 이라크를 방문하는 동안 미군에게 연설도 할 계획입니다.

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President Bush is in Iraq for an unannounced visit to meet with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other top officials.

Mr. Bush landed at Baghdad airport today (Tuesday) and took a six-minute helicopter ride to the heavily fortified Green Zone.

Officials say Mr. Maliki was only told of the visit five minutes before he met the U.S. president. Mr. Bush also plans to address U.S. forces during his visit -- his second to Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

Before the trip was made public, Mr. Bush had been expected to meet by video conference with Iraqi leaders today (Tuesday) from his retreat in Maryland outside Washington, D.C.

On Monday, Mr. Bush discussed with advisors how to help Iraq deal with security, economic and energy problems. He also vowed the United States will stand by Iraq as its new defense minister assesses the situation.