Iraq – The preparatory meeting in Cairo for the National Reconciliation Conference has confirmed the Arab League’s role in the Iraqi crisis. Iraqi Shiite and Sunni sources agree the meeting has already thrown the door open to dialogue between Iraqi factions, especially between the Sunni factions that support insurgency and the Shiite and Kurdish factions that oppose it. President Jalal Talbani and PM Ibrahim Jaafari played a prominent role in this. Note that SCIRI leader Abdulaziz Hakim did not attend the meeting and Deputy PM Ahmad Chalabi boycotted it.
Chalabi boycotted it? Interesting. One can't help but speculate if that had any connection with his recent goodwill tour of Washington D.C.