After receiving a second phone call from George W. Bush, Prime Minister John Howard officially committed Australian troops to the US-led assault on Iraq. The emergency meeting of the Cabinet was brief and a mere formality.
In a way similar to the American approach, the Prime Minister addressed the nation in a televised speech.
The Australian Parliament re-convened later in the day, welcoming Mr. Howard with a barrage of criticism coming from the opposition benches and the public gallery. The parliamentary debate, now rather theoretical, is expected to take three days.
Henry L. Marconi PRAVDA.Ru Sydney
US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Qadimi signed an agreement on July 26 to formally end the USA's military presence in the country by the end of the year