Secretary of State travels to Iraq

Sept. 13, 2003 at 8:31 PM
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell headed to Iraq Saturday for his first official visit to meet with the 25-member Governing Council.

Powell left Geneva after meetings with the other permanent members of the Security Council and the U.N. Secretary General that apparently did little to narrow differences on a new U.N. resolution on Iraq's future.

That meeting, organized by Secretary General Kofi Annan to get the group together for an informal discussion of Iraq, reviewed the current situation and considered options for the future.

The security situation, the political transition and economic recovery in Iraq were also subjects on the agenda, as was a discussion of implications for the role of the United Nations.

After leaving Geneva, Powell's first stop is Kuwait and then he goes on to Iraq, the State Department said Saturday, without specifying for security reasons exactly when the Iraq visit will take place.

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