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Iraq: Arab League Delegation Visits Baghdad

Baghdad, 20 December 2003 (RFE/RL) -- A delegation from the Arab League visited Baghdad today to hold talks with members of the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council and other Iraqi officials. Ahmed bin Helli, Arab League assistant secretary-general for political affairs, said the delegation came to assess developments in Iraq and how the Cairo-based league can help.

"We are visiting Iraq as a delegation from the Arab League to see what's going on in Iraq and to discuss and talk with Iraqi officials, with the governing council and with the political forces to see how we can help the Iraqi people, and to see what the Arab League and Arab countries can offer to Iraq," bin Helli said.

The delegation's visit comes as many Arab states have welcomed the capture of former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein a week ago.