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Maliki Tells US to Meet with Iran, Syrian
Debt Forgiveness Other Topic of Discussion for Iraqi PM, David Satterfield
04/24/2007 11:11 AM ET
Kuwait City, KUWAIT: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (L) rides in a car with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammed al-Ahmed al-Sabah (R) upon his arrival in Kuwait City 24 April 2007.
Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty
Kuwait City, KUWAIT: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (L) rides in a car with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammed al-Ahmed al-Sabah (R) upon his arrival in Kuwait City 24 April 2007.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told David Satterfield, an adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Iraq, that the US should start talking to Syria and Iran during a meeting in Kuwait on Tuesday.

Satterfield had reportedly asked Maliki what could be done to halt the infiltration of foreign fighters and weaponry that crosses the border into Iraq from Iran and Syria, according to a Maliki aide who spoke to the AP.

The aide quoted al-Maliki as telling Satterfield "you should open a dialogue with Iran and Syria for the interest of Iraq's security."

Satterfield is in Kuwait on a Middle East tour to drum up financial support for Iraq, and Maliki is on a two-day visit to Kuwait during his own whirlwind Middl East tour.

Earlier Tuesday, Maliki met with Emir Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah to discuss debt forgiveness for a $15 billion Saddam-era loan. Maliki received a pledge to have 80% of the debt forgiven, though the decision awaits Parliamentary approval. Satterfield informed Maliki that Saudi Arabia has also agreed to write off most of their own $15 billion loan.

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