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Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

16. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Iraq. (156140)

Political progress, particularly on national reconciliation, is critical to improving the situation in Iraq. I welcome the agreements reached at the leaders’ conference in Baghdad in August and the emphasis Prime Minister Maliki gave to reconciliation in his recent speech at the UN General Assembly. We are urging the Iraqis to maintain positive momentum and ensure practical follow-up.