James Baker, the former U.S. secretary of state who is heading a group looking into U.S. policy in Iraq, met with Iraq's deputy prime minister Friday in Baghdad.
Baker sat down with Salam al-Zubaie to discuss protection of Iraq's borders, national reconciliation, peace chances and international donations, Iraqi authorities said.
Baker, a Republican, co-chairs the bipartisan Iraq Study Group with Lee Hamilton, a former Democratic congressman. They are carrying out an independent analysis of the situation in Iraq.
Several members of Congress urged that such a report be done. A final report will be issued to Congress, the White House and the public.
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Country's more powerful man working behind scene in Iraq
James Baker III, advisor to presidents and anointer of same, is on a "fact finding" mission in Iraq.