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Exiled Iraqi leaders to meet religious and community representatives
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Tuesday, 15 April 2003
Exiled Iraqi leaders were today being flown into the country to meet religious and community representatives. Talks in the town of Nasiriya have been designed as the first of many meetings before an interim Iraqi government is formed. They have been organised by American general Tommy Franks, and were to be chaired by Zalmay Khalilzad, who helped set up the new government in Afghanistan. But a leading Muslim group, the Iranian-based Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, is boycotting the meeting in protest at the US role.
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