Wednesday, August 15, 2007


Political meetings to start on Wednesday

(Voices of Iraq) - Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said on Tuesday that the political leaders' meetings will start on Wednesday, noting that they will hold four-way and five-way meetings, mainly for the blocs that withdrew from the government. This came in a press statement released after a lunch banquet Talabani held in honor of Iraq's Kurdistan President Massoud Barazani and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
The banquet was also attended by Vice President Adel Abdul Mahdi, representatives of all political blocs and a large number of ministers and lawmakers. "Today's meeting was a good opportunity to create an appropriate atmosphere for holding the political meetings which will start tomorrow, mainly the blocs that withdrew from the government," the statement said.
The Iraqi government is facing an aggravated political crisis after the Sunni Iraqi Accordance Front and Iraqi National List announced the withdrawal of their ministers, while the Sadrists quit the cabinet months ago. The president also announced that four-way and five-way meetings will be held for leaders of political and parliamentary blocs participating in the political process string from Wednesday.
For his part, Vice President Adel Abdul Mahdi said "we are optimistic as bilateral talks and meetings between all political leaders were made in an attempt to reach a common understanding." Iraq's Kurdistan President Massoud Barazani described today's meeting as preliminary for the upcoming meetings, while the Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said that the tomorrow's meeting will discuss means to solve problems that hamper the political process.
"There are several demands need to be accomplished as soon as possible, including laws related to the parliament's work, oil and gas law and the provinces' law," the premier also said. "There are some issues related to the government including appointing new ministers to replace those who withdrew and other issues within the constitution," he added. For his part, leader of the IAF, Adnan al-Dulaimi expressed hope that "this meeting will solve all disputes."

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