United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan agreed to the request of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and U.S. President George W. Bush to assist the war-torn country in securing more political and economic support. Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari also sought audience with Annan to discuss the possible launching of an “International Compact for Iraq,” which will require Baghdad to adopt political, economic and security reforms in exchange for receiving aid. U.N. associate spokesman Farhan Haq said “the secretary-general looks forward to receiving more details from the Iraqis on the compact and on the role they would wish the U.N. to play.” Annan appointed U.N. deputy secretary-general Mark Malloch Brown and top U.N. envoy in Iraq Asraf Qazi to coordinate the initiative. The two will work with U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Robert Kimmitt and State Department Counselor Philip Zelikow, who Bush instructed to assist the U.N. in developing the program.
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