It took a furious diplomatic push by the United States to change his mind.
"There's a major diplomatic push under way," said a Western diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The failure to resume multiparty negotiations sparked a new regional diplomatic push that will continue in the coming days.
An American diplomatic push is to everyone's benefit.
Only a strong diplomatic push by Washington can sustain it.
What options do the security forces have left, particularly when there is a major diplomatic push to restart peace negotiations?
The US is making a major diplomatic push in pursuit of a comprehensive Middle East peace deal.
But the Clinton team's diplomatic push fell short.
He suggested that Washington could simply forgo the last diplomatic push if Iraq did not compromise.
According to the article, "while no one is confirming that the final diplomatic push proved successful, no one is denying it either."