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Maliki asks neighbours to help rebuild Iraq

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Maliki asks neighbours to help rebuild Iraq


Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday said he wants neighbouring states to play a role in rebuilding his country after holding talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Al-Maliki said he had invited Egyptian companies to work in Iraq and said other cooperation could be possible.

The Iraqi premier is on a tour of the region that has already taken him to Iran, Syria and Jordan.

It is being seen as a bid to drum up support and remain in office.

Following inconclusive parliamentary elections on 7th March, al-Maliki’s mostly Shiite alliance has been seeking partners to give it control of the 325-seat parliament and pick Iraq’s new leaders.

Egypt and other Sunni states have supported al-Maliki’s rival, a Sunni-backed group headed by secular Shiite Ayad Allawi.

Both have spent time trying to win over major powers in the region.

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