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Iraqi Delegation Travels To Iran

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (left) with Deputy Prime Ministers Barham Salih (center) and Salam al-Zawba'i (file photo) (AFP) September 5, 2006 -- An Iraqi delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih traveled to Iran today in a trip seen as possibly preparing for an official visit to Iran by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamil al-Maliki.

Iranian state television reported that al-Maliki could come to Tehran as early as next week, but an Iraqi government spokesman said no date for such a visit has yet been set.

(AP, Reuters, AFP)

Iraq And Iran

Iraq And Iran

Iranian Shi'a protesting the Golden Mosque Bombing in Iraq on February 24

WHAT IS GOING ON? On March 8, RFE/RL's Washington office hosted a roundtable discussion on relations between Iraq and Iran. Although most analysts agree that Iran has been actively involved in Iraq since the U.S.-led military operation to oust former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, they continue to debate the nature, extent, and intent of that involvement.
The RFE/RL briefing featured WAYNE WHITE, former deputy director of the U.S. State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research's Office of Analysis for the Near East and South Asia, and A. WILLIAM SAMII, RFE/RL's regional analyst for Iran and editor of the "RFE/RL Iran Report."


Listen to the complete RFE/RL briefing (about 75 minutes):
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