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Caretaker Prime Minister confers with Iraqi Foreign Minister

Published the:  07/05/2011

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May 7, 2011 TAP - Caretaker Prime Minister Béji Caïd Essebsi received, on Saturday, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hochiar Zebari.
The latter said, as he emerged from the meeting, that his visit offered him the opportunity to extend Iraq's congratulations to the people and Government of Tunisia for the success of the historical people's Revolution in Tunisia.
He added that the meeting had focused on ways to develop relations between the two sisterly countries.
Answering journalists' questions, Mr. Zebari said that the Iraqi Government had requested the postponement to 2012 of the Arab Summit which was initially scheduled this year in Baghdad, "in light of the recent developments in the Middle East and North Africa."
As regards the assassination of Al-Qaïda Leader Osama Bin Laden, the Iraqi Minister said that his country was among the first to welcome this piece of news, noting that "Bin Laden is responsible for several terrorist operations and the death of many Iraqis."
"Al-Qaïda is still present in Iraq," he said, adding that "the Iraqi security forces are very vigilant and strive to make every effort to neutralise it."