High-level talks on Iraq’s future begin today, bringing together its neighbours and countries with a stake in its future. The gathering is being hosted by Egypt at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. Central to the discussions will be Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki although a possible meeting between US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki could grab the limelight.
Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari told reporters: “For the first time, all the key players, regional, international, come together to address one issue – that is how to work together to stabilise the situation in Iraq.”
The so-called Iraqi Compact will be launched today. The five-year UN-sponsored plan offers Iraq financial, political and technical support in return for various reforms.