President Bush says he is pleased with the political situation in Iraq five years after the U.S.-led invasion of the country, but says he is not yet satisfied because there is more work to be done.
In an interview Wednesday with VOA's Persian News Network, Mr. Bush said he was pleased to see a democracy movement in Iraq.
But, he says one of the problems facing the country comes from what he called "negative Iranian influence," citing the exportation of Iranian weapons used by extremists inside Iraq.
The president says he believes a peaceful Iraq would be in the long-term interests of the Iranian people.
Earlier Wednesday, Mr. Bush delivered a speech defending the war in Iraq and warning that a withdrawal would hand victory to terrorists.
Mr. Bush told an audience at the Pentagon, Defense Department that any further drawdown of troops will be based on the advice of U.S. commanders in Iraq.