Iraq's al-Maliki to meet with Obama November 1: White House

WASHINGTON Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:59pm EDT

Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki speaks during the opening ceremony of the Defence University for Military Studies in Baghdad in this file photo taken June 17, 2012. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani/Files

Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki speaks during the opening ceremony of the Defence University for Military Studies in Baghdad in this file photo taken June 17, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will meet with Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki at the White House on November 1, the White House said on Wednesday.

The meeting comes amid a rising spiral in sectarian violence in Iraq inflamed by the civil war in neighboring Syria.

The violence has killed more than 6,000 people in Iraq this year.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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