Brown Hosts Iraqi Delegation
While most people in Annapolis focused this week on the state's budget deficit, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown turned his attention to the Middle East -- at least for a day.
Brown (D) hosted a group of Iraqi officials who came to the state capitol Thursday to learn about the relationship between federal, state and local governments in the United States.
Among the officials were Mamoon S. Rashib Al-Alwani, governor of Iraq's Al Anbar province, and Abdulsalam A. Mohammed, chairman of the Al Anbar Provincial Council. The visiting dignitaries talked to Brown about his personal experiences in Iraq in 2005, when he helped with humanitarian assistance in Baghdad, Fallujah, Kirkuk and Basra.
"In Iraq, we promoted building a democratic government founded on the principles of freely elected officials, caucusing, constituency service and a professional, accountable and responsive legislative government," Brown said in a statement.
The Iraqi delegation is in the United States from Oct. 27 to Nov. 10 as part of the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. The officials began their trip in Washington, where they met with President Bush, and will also travel to Houston and Burlington, Vt., to meet with local officials and college students.
-- Philip Rucker
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