Rice and Straw were meeting with President Jalal Talabani, Vice President Adil Abdul-Mahdi, Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari and other leaders.
The diplomatsâ€™ visit comes amid growing pressure on al-Jaafari to step aside as the Shiite nominee for a second term to break the stalemate in talks on forming a new government.
Before sitting down with al-Jaafari, Rice and Straw posed for pictures with stiff smiles. Rice looked especially uncomfortable, and said little before the cameras were ushered away.
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