Mubarak, Talibani discuss Iraq situation

President Hosni Mubarak held talks yesterday with his Iraqi counterpart Jalal Talibani during which the two presidents discussed relations between their countries and efforts to achieve security in Iraq in light of the recent elections.

The Iraqi delegation was keen to first greet Mubarak before holding talks, given Mubarak’s recent recovery from surgery in Germany.

“I asked President Mubarak to help the Iraqis,” Talibani told reporters after the meeting. “We asked President Mubarak to issue regulations activating conventions signed between Egypt and Iraq.”

Talibani said the purpose of his visit was also to inform Mubarak about the situation in Iraq and developments there since the last elections.

The Iraqi president also met on Saturday with Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit and praised the integrity of the Egyptian role in Iraq, saying that Egypt adopts a policy of non-interference in Iraqi affairs. Abul Gheit stressed that Egypt stands beside the Iraqi people until they are able to form a stable government.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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