11 Jun '11, 12am

Iraq govt says US Congress delegation 'not welcome'

IRAQ - IRAQ said on Friday a visiting US Congress delegation was 'not welcome' in the country, citing reports its leader called on Baghdad to pay compensation to Washington for years of war since the 2003 US-led invasion. Iraqi officials said Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher told reporters during a visit on Friday that Baghdad should repay billions of dollars Washington had spent on the Iraq war. Officials at the US Embassy in Baghdad could not be reached for comment and the congressman's comments could not be confirmed independently. Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said Mr Rohrabacher's reported comments were 'irresponsible'. 'Those people are not welcome in Iraq. They are raising a controversial issue which influences the strategic relation between us and the United States,' he said. 'They are asking for compensation for the war and we are not committed ...

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