Iraqi Governing Council to visit France

20th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

BAGHDAD, Nov 19 (AFP) - A delegation from Iraq's interim Governing Council has been invited to visit France in December, in what would be the first visit of representatives from the body to one of the staunchest opponents of the US-led war, officials said Wednesday.

BAGHDAD, Nov 19 (AFP) - A delegation from Iraq's interim Governing Council has been invited to visit France in December, in what would be the first visit of representatives from the body to one of the staunchest opponents of the US-led war, officials said Wednesday.

"We have received an invitation to go to France in December and we have discussed this within the council," said Adel Abdel Mahdi, a top official from the Shiite Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI).

"In December it will be the turn of (SCIRI leader) Abdel Aziz Hakim to take the presidency of the council and he would therefore lead the delegation to France," he added.

France's charge d'affaires in Baghdad, Bernard Bajolet, told AFP he informed the council that a visit would be "welcome", but added that no date has yet been fixed.

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