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US Secretary of State Kerry makes unannounced Iraq visit

Published Mar 24, 2013 01:38pm

The new US Secretary of State, Senator John Kerry. β€” Photo by AP

BAGHDAD: US Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Sunday and a senior US official said he would urge Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to make sure Iranian flights over Iraq were not carrying arms to Syria.

β€œHe will be very direct with Prime Minister Maliki about the importance of stopping the Iranian overflights and the transits across the territory or, at a minimum, inspecting each of the flights,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Kerry will also ask Maliki and the Iraqi cabinet to reconsider a decision to postpone elections in two provinces, Anbar and Nineveh, the official said.