Maliki wants summit of top Iraqi leaders

Aug. 12, 2007 at 1:50 PM

BAGHDAD, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has called for a summit of Iraq's top political leaders as part of an attempt to increase the nation's political stability.

With nearly all Sunni members of Maliki's cabinet resigning their positions in recent weeks, the prime minister Sunday called on his fellow Iraqi politicians to attend a summit to discuss his nation's troubled political system, the BBC reported.

"I have called the political leaders for a meeting to discuss the main issues in the political process. The first meeting may happen tomorrow or the day after tomorrow," Maliki said.

Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani is already in Baghdad to take part in the political summit and is expected to open discussions with the nation's Sunni parties regarding a collaborative political effort.

The political division surrounding Maliki as of late has also been a point of concern for U.S. officials, a BBC correspondent said, who want increased stability in Iraq before any troop withdrawals can begin.

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