A delegation of Iraqi officials met with Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown yesterday as part of a U.S. State Department program to learn more about the relationship between federal, state and local governments, according to a news release.
Mamoon S. Rashid Al-Alwani, governor of Anbar province, Abdulsalam A. Mohammed, chairman of the Anbar Provincial Council, and other Iraqi officials traveled to the United States as part of an International Visitor Leadership Program, sponsored by the State Department. The local host is the World Trade Center Institute.
Brown also discussed his deployment in Iraq in 2005 with the country's visiting leaders. The lieutenant governor, part of the 353rd Civil Affairs Command, served as a senior military adviser in the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office of the U.S. Embassy in Bagdad, Fallujah, Kirkuk and Basra.
The group, which arrived Saturday, has met with President Bush, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and several congressmen. Before the Iraqis leave Nov. 10, they will also meet with college students, faculty and other state and local political leaders in Houston and Burlington, Vt.