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Maliki Refuses to Meet US Congressional Groups
US Senator: Maliki Making "Mistake" By Scorning Congressional Delegations
09/13/2007 4:46 PM ET
Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki at a recent news conference.
Photo by Ali Yussef/AFP/Getty
Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki at a recent news conference.

Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki is now routinely refusing to meet US Congressional delegations on fact-finding missions in Iraq, according to US Senator Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska), who characterized Maliki's decision as a "mistake."

Nelson, who will be part of a Congressional delegation visiting Iraq in the coming days, told CNN today that the group is going to Baghdad to "find out what is happening with the Maliki government."

Nelson said "Maliki himself is not taking any meetings with Congressional delegations... becoming more insular in that regard... I think that's a mistake."

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