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Iraqi PM In Tehran For Talks

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is in the Iranian capital Tehran for two days of talks ahead of a meeting next month in Baghdad on Iran's disputed nuclear program.

Maliki is expected to meet during his visit with Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani, and chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili.

It is the Iraqi premier's first visit to Iran in nearly two years, and comes as Iraq is preparing to host Iranian officials and the P5+1 group of world powers for the next round of talks on Tehran's suspected nuclear weapons program.

Talks during Maliki's visit are also expected to focus on economic ties and regional issues like the continued unrest in Syria.
Based on reporting by AFP and dpa