U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday the United States was keeping its promise to withdraw its troops by the end of the year and the countries were beginning a new phase in their relationship.

The United States of America keeps its promises, Biden said at a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minster Nuri al-Maliki during a visit to Baghdad.

Our troops are leaving Iraq and we are entering on a new path together ... a relationship between two sovereign nations.

(Reporting Alister Bull; editing by Patrick Markey)