Biden Lands in Baghdad to Discuss Election Ban

Jan 22, 2010 12:56pm

From Sunlen Miller Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Baghdad for a series of high-level meetings with Iraqi leaders and U.S officials ahead of the March 7th general elections. The visit comes at a time when political tensions are rising within the war-torn country over parliamentary elections. Iraq’s election commission barred 500 candidates, most of whom are believed to be Sunni – form running in the elections on Thursday. The White House dispatching the Vice President for his third trip to the country as Vice President, and forth in the last year – to help ease tensions and hear directly from Iraqi leadership. During his trip, he will meet with Iraq’s President Jalal Talabani, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Speaker of the Council of Representatives Ayad al-Samarrai and other political leaders, the White House says. The Vice President is also scheduled to meet with the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative for Iraq Ad Melkert “to discuss U.S. and international efforts to support Iraq, with a focus on the national elections scheduled for March 2010.” The White House says the Vice President will meet with U.S. trips in the city as well. After flying overnight, Biden was greeted at Baghdad International Airport by Ambassador Chris Hill, General Ray Odierno, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, and Wing Commander Michael Canders. -Sunlen Miller

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