Baghdad, February 27 – Britain’s Foreign Secretary David Miliband flew in to Baghdad on Thursday on a previously unannounced visit ahead of a July pullout of British troops from Iraq, a British embassy official said.
The official told AFP that Miliband was to meet Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari and Iraq’s two vice presidents as President Jalal Talabani is abroad.
Amid a flurry of diplomacy in Baghdad at a time of improved security in the war-battered country, Miliband’s comes a week after his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier travelled to Iraq.
Iraqi leaders, since a historic visit by French President Nicolas Sarkozy earlier this month, have issued an open invitation for foreign companies to return and invest in the oil-rich state.
Miliband, who last visited Iraq in April 2008, was to meet British troops in the southern province of Basra and also the newly-elected provincial council members on Friday, the embassy official said.