Thursday, September 11, 2008

Ah.....The New Iraq; Mamma Mia! Iraqi MP seeks ties with Israel

Press TV

"An Iraqi parliamentarian has attended the Israeli Herzliya conference and called for diplomatic ties between Baghdad and Tel Aviv.

Mithal al-Alusi, who was speaking at the opening of the conference, said regional countries, including Israel, must cooperate and exchange intelligence with Iraq to fight terrorism.

Al-Alusi slammed Iran accusing the country of meddling in Iraq's internal affairs.

This is the Iraqi parliament member's third visit to Israel. He, however, did not speak at the Herzliya conference on two previous occasions.

Al-Alusi had spent many years in exile in Germany and returned to Iraq following the fall of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hossein.

At one stage he was appointed the General Director of Culture and Media at the Higher National Commission for De-Baathification. However, he was fired after he visited Israel.

Al-Alusi, whose visits to Israel have sparked great criticism in Iraq, managed to win a seat in parliament in the 2005 elections. "

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