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Iraqi prime minister's visit to Iran postponed

Baghdad, Sept 10, IRNA-A scheduled visit to Iran of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been postponed because it coincided with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to several Latin American states, an official at Iranian Embassy in Baghdad said on Sunday.

Iraqi government spokesman Ali Dabbagh had said in a statement on Saturday that Prime Minister Maliki will visit Tehran on Monday.

"Due to ceremonial arrangements to welcome Prime Minister Maliki, and the Latin American tour of President Ahmadinejad, Maliki's visit will be rescheduled," the Baghdad-based Iranian official said.

President Ahmadinejad will depart for taking part in the United Nations General Assembly, New York and several Latin American states this week.

In the meantime, Iraqi Embassy in Tehran announced the postponement in Prime Minister Maliki's visit to Iran and said that it will take place after the return of President Ahmadinejad from his Latin American tour.

Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan has sponsored an international meeting on reconstruction of Iraq to be attended by foreign ministers of Iraq's neighboring states, permanent members of the Security Council and the major donor countries to be held for the first time on the sideline of UN General Assembly in New York.

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