Ms. Rice arrived in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul early on Friday from Bahrain, where she started a tour of the Middle East earlier Friday.
She told reporters she wanted to urge Iraq's Sunnis, Shi'ites and Kurds to overcome any divisions ahead of the December 15th parliamentary elections. She said the goal in Iraq is a nation where all people feel fully protected.
Ms. Rice's visit comes amid continuing violence in Iraq. A suicide bombing claimed by al-Qaida in Iraq killed 35 people at a Baghdad restaurant Thursday, in one of the deadliest attacks in the Iraqi capital in recent months.