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Iraqi Leaders Agree Agenda For Political Summit --> Vice President al-Hashimi (left) with Prime Minister al-Maliki (file photo) (AFP) August 19, 2007 -- Iraq's leaders today agreed on the agenda for a key political summit called by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in a bid to salvage Iraq's unity government.

Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, a Sunni Arab, said agreement came on the second day of preparatory talks involving some of the country's most senior political leaders from the Shi'ite, Sunni, and Kurdish communities.

No date has yet been set for the summit but an official from the office of President Jalal Talabani said it would probably take place "in a couple of days."

Searching For A Way Forward
A boy looks out from his Baghdad home (AFP)

LOOKING BEYOND AL-MALIKI: RFE/RL Iraq analyst Kathleen Ridolfo led an RFE/RL briefing about the changing political landscape in Iraq, focusing on efforts to gain the upper hand in the event that the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki falls.


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