French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner is in Iraq to offer help in rebuilding the country and promoting national reconciliation. Kouchner, whose visit began in the southern city of Nasiriya, is holding talks with senior officials. France was one of the fiercest critics of the 2003 US-led invasion, and this is his second visit to Iraq in less than a year. He told reporters his message was one of “peace and co-operation.” Kouchner also announced four Iraqi children would undergo heart surgery in France. (BBC)

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