WASHINGTON, April 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has called several world leaders since Tuesday to discuss the situation in Iraq, the State Department said.
Spokesman Richard Boucher said the calls Powell made Tuesday and Wednesday focused on two subjects -- issues in the Middle East and the situation in Cyprus.
He said Powell talked to the foreign ministers of Russia, Germany, Jordan and Saudi Arabia as well as Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf.
Officials in Washington did not disclose the contents of Powell's conversations, but a government spokesman in Islamabad said the United States asked Pakistan to contribute troops for Iraq.
Masood Khan said the United States wants troops from "Pakistan and several other countries" to help the United Nations mission get established in Iraq after the transfer of power to an interim Iraqi government on June 30.
Pakistan will seriously consider the U.S. request seriously, Khan said.