Vice President Joe Biden said the United States will keep its commitment to helping the Iraqi people, even as the last American troops prepare to leave the country.
Speaking at the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Biden told former soldiers that with the guidance of the U.S., the Iraqis are now in a better position to take control of their country.
"Drawing down our troops in Iraq does not mean we're disengaging from Iraq," he said. "In fact, quite the opposite is true. We're in the process of following President Bush's proposal for a long-term relationship."
"Some said that our draw down would bring about more violence," Biden added. "Well, they were wrong, because the Iraqis are ready to take charge."
Aug. 31 will officially mark the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq. The last combat brigade pulled out last week.
The 50,000 remaining American troops supporting Iraqi security are scheduled to leave by December 2011, although some critics say that timeline is unrealistic.
President Barack Obama is expected to deliver a major speech next week to mark the end of the war in Iraq.
Meanwhile, Biden also added that the war in Afghanistan is ramping up "after two years of neglect."