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Bush to Meet With Iraqi Kurdish Leader

President Bush meets at the White House Tuesday with Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraq's Kurdish region.

The two men are scheduled to speak to reporters after their meeting.

A White House spokesman praised Mr. Barzani Tuesday as a leader committed to building a free and democratic Iraq.

Mr. Barzani, who is a former Kurdish rebel leader, was elected regional president by Kurdish lawmakers in June. He has pledged to strengthen Iraqi national unity, and he took part in negotiations on Iraq's new constitution.

Kurds in northern Iraq have enjoyed relative autonomy since the Persian Gulf War of 1991.