Saturday Newspapers
24/05/2008 13:51:00
Baghdad (NINA)- The main topics focused by Saturday's daily press were political developments and the future US presence in Iraq.

Political issues
Al-Sabah said Premier Nouri al-Maliki and Speaker of Parliament Mahmoud al-Mashhadani will start this week two separate visits that will lead al-Maliki to Stockholm to inaugurate a conference to activate the UN's International Compact for Iraq, and Mashhadani, head of the Arab Parliaments Union, to Damascus where he will hold talks Saturday with Syrian officials before heading to Beirut to participate in the ceremony of assigning the new Lebanese president next Sunday.

Over the intended ministerial reshuffle, al-Mada quoted Ali al-Dabbagh, spokesman for the government, as saying that the Iraqi National Slate has refused to return to government, while including Fadheela party in the government -as suggested recently bay President Talabani- needs the approval of all political factions.

US future presence
Over the future of US military presence in Iraq, Azzaman said President George Bush has warned of the consequences of any hasty US military withdrawal from Iraq, describing such consequences as catastrophic to the United States, as it will sustain al-Qaeda and encourage Iran's nuclear ambitions, while the US top commander in Iraq Gen. David Petraeus considered it possible that he would recommend a new cut for US troops in Iraq by next September. /End/