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Negroponte's Unannounced Visit to Baghdad
Ex-Ambassador, Now Deputy Secretary of State, Meets Maliki, Talibani
06/12/2007 7:32 PM ET
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani (R) meets US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte (C) and US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, in Baghdad, 12 June 2007.
Photo by Hadi Mizban/AFP.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani (R) meets US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte (C) and US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, in Baghdad, 12 June 2007.

Baghdad, June 12, (VOI)- Iraq's President Jalal Talabani discussed on Tuesday with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte political and security latest developments in Iraq as well as the implementation of Baghdad's law-imposing security plan.

"President Talabani updated the visiting U.S. official with the latest developments in the country," Talabani's office said in a statement received by the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).

"The meeting was also attended by David Satterfield, the senior adviser on Iraq to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker," it added. Negroponte arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday morning and met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Al-Maliki said his government continues to draft laws serving the Iraqi people, citing the bills proposed by his government in the fields of oil and gas and debaathification (ending a ban on former Baathists to assume public posts) and provincial elections.

"The national unity government is also exerting ungrudging efforts to launch national reconciliation despite regional interference and conspiracies encumbering the political process," a cabinet statement quoted Maliki as telling Negroponte.

"We have several tasks ahead, on top of which is the development of our security agencies and armed forces to stand up against the terrorist al-Qaeda organization, Saddamists (people loyal to former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein) and militias," Maliki said in the cabinet statement received by the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).

Maliki has referred to the "national unity government's success in eliminating the largest threat-sectarian war-through a national reconciliation initiative strongly supported by all groups of the Iraqi people and political powers."

Negroponte, for his part, reiterated the U.S. administration's support for the Iraqi people and government, in the face of challenges and foreign interference, to enhance security and stability and provide better services for the Iraqi people, the statement noted.

David Negroponte served as U.S. Ambassador in the country in 2005.

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