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Romanian President Visits Iraq


http://gdb.rferl.org/C113E66D-86D3-4A73-A1AE-5E0B02D08755_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/C113E66D-86D3-4A73-A1AE-5E0B02D08755_mw800_mh600.jpg Romanian President Traian Basescu (left) with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (epa) August 9, 2006 -- Romanian President Traian Basescu is in Baghdad to discuss bilateral relations and regional security with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.


He is due to meet other top Iraqi officials to discuss ways to help Romanian companies take part in rebuilding projects.


Basescu will also hold talks with the top U.S. commander in Iraq, General George Casey.


Romania has almost 900 troops in Iraq.


(AP, AFP)

The International Coalition In Iraq
Georgian soldiers marking Georgian Independence Day in Baghdad on June 6 (epa)

COALITION MEMBERS: In addition to the United States, 28 countries are Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) contributors as of May 31, 2006: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. Fiji is participating as part of the UN mission in Iraq. Hungary, Iceland, Slovenia, and Turkey are NATO countries supporting Iraqi stability operations but are not part of MNF-I.

NON-U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL IN IRAQ: United Kingdom, 8,000 as of May 26, 2006; South Korea, 3,237 as of May 9, 2006; Italy, 2,900 as of April 27, 2006; Poland, 900 as of May 30, 2006; Australia, 900 as of March 28, 2006; Georgia, 900 as of March 24, 2006; Romania, 860 as of April 27, 2006; Japan, 600 as of May 30, 2006; Denmark, 530 as of May 23, 2006; All others, 1,140.

(Source: The Washington-based Brooking Institution’s Iraq Index of June 15, 2006)


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