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Baghdad holds national dialogue in runup to regional conference

Leaders of popular protests and other social movements gathered for a national conference sponsored by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Baghdad to discuss Iraq's outstanding issues and the early elections scheduled for October.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi looks on as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks briefly to the press outside of her office at the US Capitol on July 28, 2021 in Washington, DC.

BAGHDAD — Many Iraqi leaders met Wednesday and Thursday to discuss important national issues at the National Dialogue Conference in Baghdad ahead of an Aug. 28 regional conference involving neighboring countries and France.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi sponsored the National Dialogue Conference, with the participation of political forces, popular organizations, clan leaders, leaders of the October popular protests and representatives of some armed factions, to discuss various domestic issues, the foremost of which is creating the appropriate atmosphere for the Oct. 10 elections.

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