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Iraq welcomes Mousa's visit

Oct. 18, 2005 at 10:54 AM

BAGHDAD, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Iraq welcomed plans by Arab League Secretary-General Amr Mousa to make his first visit since the ouster of Saddam Hussein.

A foreign ministry statement said Tuesday the Iraqi government will do its utmost to help Mousa succeed in his mission Thursday to boost the political and constitutional process in Iraq following the referendum on the new constitution.

A special security team arrived in Baghdad two days ago to ensure Mousa's security. Mousa plans talks with President Jalal Talabani, Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari and Shiite religious authority Ayatollah Ali Sistani.

He will also meet representatives of the various Iraqi factions to promote an Arab League initiative for holding a national reconciliation conference.

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