Thursday, August 16, 2007


Allawi's party to attend summit if officially invited

(Voices of Iraq) - The Iraqi National List (INL) said on Wednesday that it would accept the demands of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and the President of the Kurdistan region Massoud Barazani to take part in the political leaders’ meetings only if it receives an official invitation. “We are ready to participate in the meetings if we receive an official invitation from the government,” INL member of parliament Iyad Jamal el-Din told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI) on Wednesday.
“We appreciate the positions of President Talabani and Barazani and their calls for the importance of the INL’s participation in the summit because of its political and ethical weight in the Iraqi political arena,” he added. “There is a need to create an atmosphere of harmony among all politicians to solve political problems,” he also said. “The INL has to be part of these meetings to save the country from repeated crises and its demands must be studied as they are not factional national demands,” the lawmaker explained.
The parliamentary bloc ordered its five ministers last week to boycott cabinet sessions because of the government's failure to implement its program. The ministers of science and technology did not comply with he decision. Former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's INL has 24 seats out of the 275-seat parliament.

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