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Iraq PM to Visit Iran Monday

Source: VOA

Iranian media report Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will visit Iran Monday, as he seeks regional support for his bid to stay in power.

Nouri al-Maliki with Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamanei -- Tehran, January 2009

Iran's Mehr news agency says during his stay, Mr. Maliki will discuss developments in Iraq with top Iranian officials. The report does not provide any details.

Parliamentary elections in March produced no clear winner, and no party has yet been able to form a new government.


Mr. Maliki is trying to form an alliance that will give him the parliamentary seats to form a government. He recently won the backing of the Shi'ite movement led by influential cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, moving him a step closer to his goal.

Now Mr. Maliki is seeking the support of Iraq's neighbors. He met Wednesday with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus to discuss strengthening ties between their countries. He is also due to travel to Turkey and Jordan.

Mr. Maliki's main rival, former prime minister Ayad Allawi has also been reaching out to Middle East leaders. He discussed Iraq's political situation with Saudi King Abdullah earlier this week in Riyadh.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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