17 April 2008Invitations to the upcoming high-level meeting of the International Compact for Iraq – to be held on 29 May in Stockholm, Sweden – have been issued to all UN Member States, as well as to several regional and international organizations and institutions. These invitations to the talks on the five-year peace and development plan to help rebuild the war-torn nation were extended yesterday by both Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih and by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser Ibrahim Gambari.Mr. Ban, who will co-chair the meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, encouraged Member States to take part.Under the Compact, which was launched last May in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, the Government will work to meet basic needs, protect the rights of all citizens and ensure the optimal use of the country’s resources for the common good.

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