14 June 2006

Iraqi PM given five minutes' notice of Bush's flying visit

Instead, he boarded a helicopter to Andrews Air Force base and took off for Baghdad. The Iraqi Prime Minister was apparently only given five minutes' notice of Mr Bush's arrival. The two leaders met in the former palace of Saddam Hussein - now the US embassy - where Mr Maliki had been invited on the pretence he would be taking part in a video-conferenced "joint cabinet meeting" with their American counterparts.



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