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Iraq

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who she plans to attend the expanded neighbours meeting in Baghdad on 10 March on behalf of the UK; and if she will make a statement. (125340)

We welcome the plans of the Government of Iraq to hold a number of expanded regional neighbours meetings and look forward to playing our part in making them a success. The UK has consistently called for Iraq's neighbours to support the efforts of the Government of Iraq to deliver security, stability and development for the Iraqi people.

We were in close touch with the Government of Iraq and other partners about the appropriate level of attendance on 10 March. This meeting was at senior official rather than ministerial level, and may form part of preparation for a later ministerial event, possibly in April. We were represented by our ambassador in Baghdad and a senior official from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.