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Bush, Iraq's Maliki to Meet Next Week in Jordan


The White House says President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will meet next week in Jordan to discuss improving the security situation in Iraq.

In a joint statement late Tuesday, the two leaders said they will meet on November 29th and 30th in Jordan's capital, Amman.

Mr. Bush and Mr. Maliki said they reiterate their commitment to building a peaceful, democratic and secure Iraq, and to strengthening their bilateral partnership.

Earlier, the White House urged Syria to show its commitment to Iraq and to help stop the flow of foreign fighters from entering the war-torn country.

A National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe made the remarks shortly after Syria and Iraq restored diplomatic relations Tuesday after a nearly quarter-century break.

Iraqi officials say ties were normalized during a visit to Baghdad by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem. Iraq's foreign minister Hoshiyar Zebari says the two nations discussed ways to boost security.

In other news, Iraqi officials say President Jalal Talabani will travel to Tehran on Saturday to meet Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Meanwhile, U.S. and Iraqi forces killed three people in a raid in the Sadr City neighborhood.

The U.S. military said American troops captured seven suspects in the operation, including a person believed to have information about a U.S. soldier abducted in October.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, Reuters and AP

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