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Chalabi in Washington for Meetings, Speech

Iraq's controversial deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi is meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Wednesday in Washington.

The meeting comes as Democratic U.S. lawmakers are asking Mr. Chalabi to discuss pre-war Iraq intelligence he provided about Saddam Hussein's weapons that later proved faulty.

Mr. Chalabi is also accused last year of passing U.S. intelligence to Iran, and in 2004 U.S. forces raided his Baghdad offices.

Despite the allegations, U.S. State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said Tuesday U.S. officials regularly meet with Mr. Chalabi in his capacity as a representative of Iraq's government.

Later Wednesday, Mr. Chalabi delivers a speech at a conservative public policy organization, the American Enterprise Institute. It will be his first public speech in the United States in more than two years.