Juan Cole: It was announced in Amman yesterday that the Iraqi national reconciliation conference, which was scheduled to be held on 4 November 2006, has been postponed until after the middle of the same month. Falih al-Fayyad, a member of the Higher Committee for Iraqi Reconciliation, told Al-Ra'y that the postponement came to allow for more time for dialogue and consultation with the Iraqi political spectrum inside and outside Iraq. The postponement announcement came following talks the Reconciliation Committee delegation, which is supported by the Nuri al-Maliki government, held at the Iraqi Embassy in Amman with around 40 Iraqi political and tribal figures, all of whom are members of the Sunni opposition. Al-Ra'y has learned from Iraqi sources attending the talks that the committee delegation might during its stay in Amman meet Iraqi figures and leaders of Iraqi political movements living in Syria before completing its mission by meeting Iraqi figures of various political persuasions living in the UAE.
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