Baghdad meeting for MP

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GEORGE GALLOWAY, the maverick Labour MP, met Tariq Aziz, the Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister, in Baghdad yesterday and promised to fight for the lifting of UN sanctions.

The official Iraqi News Agency said he told Mr Aziz he and other MPs were concerned at the plight of the Iraqi people and were anxious to alleviate their suffering. Mr Galloway, MP for Glasgow Kelvin, has long been an opponent of sanctions.

The agency said Mr Aziz praised Britons who opposed sanctions and the US-British threat to launch a military strike over the issue of weapons inspections.