Head of the American Institute of Peace calls on the President of the Republic to talk about Iraq during his upcoming visit to Washington

BAGHDAD, Head of the American Peace Institute, Nancy Lindenburg, called on the President Saleh to talk about Iraq during his upcoming visit to Washington.

"On behalf of the American Peace Institute, we congratulate you on your recent assumption of the post of President of the Republic of Iraq.

"While Iraq has made significant strides towards easing the conflict and defeating extremism, I am sure that the Iraqi people are still facing many challenges and you will have difficult tasks in the coming years," she said.

The Institute for Peace is an independent, and non-partisan organization dedicated to preventing, mitigating and resolving violent conflicts around the world through direct engagement in conflict areas, resources for those who work for peace.

"Since 2003, the Institute has been working in Iraq, without interruption, to promote peace and stability through Iraqi capacity-building and support for peace-building initiatives. Since 2004, the American Institute of Peace has provided training and support to civil society organizations and public institutions to enable them to promote component participation and reconciliation.

Given the technical expertise and experience of the Institute in Iraq, I hope that you will see us as a resource to assist the Iraqi people and their Government in addressing the challenges facing Iraq and its efforts towards reconciliation.

We have a great team in Iraq and Washington DC, and we welcome the opportunity to support Iraq through the transition period.

I take this opportunity to invite you to speak at the American Institute of Peace when you visit Washington next time, and I believe that the American Institute of Peace, decision makers, experts and the American public will greatly benefit from the opportunity to learn more about your vision for the future of Iraq.

I wish you success in your new tasks, and I am ready to discuss ways of providing assistance and cooperation with you and the Government of Iraq in the future.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency