“top u.s. officials” met with baathists in secret?

President George W. Bush shakes hands with Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi after their joint press conference in the Rose Garden Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004. White House photo by Paul Morse
President George W. Bush shakes hands with Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi after their joint press conference in the Rose Garden Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004. White House photo by Paul Morse 

Iraqi ex-premier Allawi says US officials, Baathists met secretly

Sep 6, 2007, 14:08 GMT, © 2007 dpa – Deutsche Presse-Agentur

Baghdad – Iraq’s politician, Iyad Allawi, has said senior US officials secretly met members of the country’s ousted Baath Party in an Arab country, al-Arabiya TV reported Thursday.

Allawi, who was Iraq’s interim primer minister in 2004, told the Dubai-based al-Arabya TV that the US asked him to take part in a meeting between senior American officials and leaders of the Baath Party in an Arab country.

Allawi did not disclose the country that hosted the meeting and the identity of party members who took part in it.

Allawi had been himself a member of the Baath Party in the 1960s. The party ruled Iraq until its collapse with the US-led was on Iraq.

Allawi said the meeting aimed at involving Baathists in the political process.

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