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Iraqi Shi'a Call On Premier To Cancel U.S. Visit


http://gdb.rferl.org/d2d14c18-bd3e-45dd-8d87-fe86477db5ec_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/d2d14c18-bd3e-45dd-8d87-fe86477db5ec_mw800_mh600.jpg (RFE/RL) July 24, 2006 -- Followers of the influential Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr today urged Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to call off his visit this week to the United States.


Falah Hassan Chanchal, the leader of the parliamentary al-Sadr bloc, said al-Maliki's meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush will damage public confidence in the government at a time when security is at an all-time low.


The movement also urged al-Maliki not to sign any agreements to extend the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq.


(AP, AFP)

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