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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

By  |  November 3, 2007; 6:18 AM ET
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Good idea! If we can get out of Iraq and keep from going into Iran, the Federal Government will have a lot more money every day to spend in Maryland.

Posted by: Robin Ficker of Robin Realty | November 3, 2007 9:42 AM | Report abuse

How does that get us out of Iraq, Robin?

In fact, his statement seems to justify the cause. Geez, O'Malley and Co. have now gone back on ALL of their campaign positions!

Posted by: BG from PG | November 3, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm more afraid of Martin O'Malley's tax grab than I am of Bush's war in Iraq. Sound familiar??? Martin O'Malley will never get my vote again.

Posted by: Idiots in Annapolis | November 3, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Why is "Brown on the campaign trail in Iowa this weekend for. . . Hillary Clinton"? And, "net weekend, an aide said, Brown is off to another early nominatng state:South Carolina."

Don't we have a special session of the Maryland legislature gong on? Is the real reason everyone is inconvenienced by a rushed special session, that O'Malley wants to be on the campaign trail with Clinton in January and February during the regular session?

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