Annan will meet Iraqi Foreign Minister on 7 March to resume dialogue

Annan will meet Iraqi Foreign Minister on 7 March to resume dialogue

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, and Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri will meet at UN Headquarters in New York on 7 March to resume their dialogue, a UN spokesman announced today.

"The Secretary-General expects to have focused discussion on the implementation of the relevant Security Council resolutions, including the return of UN weapons inspectors to Iraq," spokesman Stephane Dujarric de la Riviere said.

“It will be a one-day meeting,” he told a UN press briefing. “Part of the issue is that the Foreign Minister has to return the next day to attend a foreign ministers meeting of the Arab League, but the Iraqis have indicated to us that they are willing – if necessary – to continue that dialogue, I believe after April 5th.”