...a hastily arranged videoconference with the president was needed because issues needed airing at a higher level than with U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad. Mr. al-Suneid also said the prime minister complained to Mr. Bush that Mr. Khalilzad, an Afghan-born Sunni Muslim, was treating the Shi'ite Mr. al-Maliki imperiously.
"The U.S. ambassador is not Bremer. He does not have a free rein to do what he likes. Khalilzad must not behave like Bremer, but rather like an ambassador," Mr. al-Suneid quoted Mr. al-Maliki as telling the president.