Romanian leader meets Iraqi, US officials during his visit to Iraq

Romanian leader meets Iraqi, US officials during his visit to Iraq
Romanian leader meets Iraqi, US officials during his visit to Iraq

Basescu will meet Iraqi President Jalal Talabani to discuss bilateral relations and regional security, Basescu's office said. He will also meet Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other ministers to discuss ways to help Romanian and Iraq companies take part in rebuilding projects.

The Romanian president will also hold talks with the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. George W. Casey Jr.

In June, Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu proposed withdrawing Romania's 890 troops from Iraq, but Basescu and the country's top security body said the next day that the troops would remain, the AP reports.