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Bush, Talabani To Meet Next Week

President Talabani 7 September 2005 -- U.S. President George W. Bush will host his Iraqi counterpart Jalal Talabani at the White House next week for talks on the status of the draft Iraqi constitution and the war on terror.

A White House spokesman, Scott McClellan, said the two leaders will also discuss on 13 September Iraq's achievements in building a democratic state and plans for a referendum in October and national elections in December.

The text of the charter was adopted by the Iraqi parliament last month. However many Sunni Arab leaders have vowed to work for its rejection in a referendum due by 15 October.

After Washington, Talabani is due to travel to New York to attend a meeting at the United Nations.