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International Interlocutors

Between April and October 2010, members of the Inquiry Committee held private meetings with foreign interlocutors in France, Iraq and the United States.  These discussions were opportunities for the Committee to hear international perspectives on the UK's involvement in Iraq over the period covered by the Inquiry. 

As the meetings were not formal evidence sessions, records of the conversations are not being published.  Ambassador L. Paul Bremer provided a statement which is available here

The people listed below have all agreed to have their names released publicly. 

The Inquiry Committee met the following US citizens:

Name:                                           In relation to the following roles:
Mr John Bellinger III Senior Associate Counsel to the President and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council, 2001-2005
Mr Stuart Bowen Inspector General for the Coalition Provisional Authority, January 2004-June 2004
Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR), June 2004-2009
Ambassador L. Paul Bremer Administrator of Iraq, 2003-2004
Professor Eliot Cohen Counselor to the US State Department, 2007-2009
Ambassador Ryan Crocker US Ambassador to Iraq, 2007-2009
Ms Ginger Cruz Deputy Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, 2004-2009
Mr Charles Duelfer Head of the Iraq Survey Group, 2004-2005
Dr David Kay Head of the Iraq Survey Group, 2003-2004
General (retired) David McKiernan Coalition Forces Land Component Commander, 2002-2003
Mr Franklin Miller Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director, National Security Council staff, 2001-2005
Professor Andrew Natsios Administrator of the US Agency for International Development, 2001-2005
Professor Meghan O'Sullivan Political Advisor Coalition Provisional Authority 2003-2004
Special Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan, 2004-2007
General David Petraeus Commander Multi National Force - Iraq, 2007-2008
Mr Walter Slocombe Senior Advisor and Director for Security Affairs (National Security and Defense) in the Coalition Provisional Authority, 2003
Mr William Taft IV State Department Legal Adviser, 2001-2004

Professor Philip Zelikow

Counsellor to Secretary of State, 2005-2007

The Inquiry Committee met the following French citizens:

Name:                               In relation to the following roles:
General Henri Bentégeat Chief of the Military Staff to the President, 2001-2002
Chief of the Defence Staff, 2002-2006
Mr Gérard Errera French Ambassador to the UK, 2002-2007
Mr Jean-Luc Florent United Nations Legal Advisor, 2002-2003
Mr Maurice Gourdault-Montagne Senior Diplomatic Counsellor to the President, 2002- 2007
French Ambassador to the UK, 2007-2009
Mr Jean-David Levitte French Permanent Representative to the UN, 2001-2002
French Ambassador to the US, 2002-2007
Mr Dominique de Villepin Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2002-2004
Ambassador Pierre Vimont Chief of Staff to Minister for Foreign Affairs, 2002-2007
French Ambassador to the US, 2007-2009

The Inquiry Committee met the following people in Iraq:

In Baghdad

Name:                                         In relation to the following roles:
Mr Labeed Abbawi Deputy Foreign Minister, 2004-2009
Sheikh Ahmed Abu Risha Leader of the Anbar Salvation Council, 2007-2009
Dr Ayad Allawi Interim Prime Minister of Iraq, 2004-2005
Member of Iraq Governing Council, 2003-2004
Dr Ali Baban Minister of Planning, May 2006-2009
Mr Ahmed Chalabi Leader of the Iraqi National Congress, September 2003
Head of the Higher National De-Baathification Commission, May 2003-2009
Deputy Prime Minister, May 2005-May 2006
Interim Oil Minister, 2005-2006
Mr Daniel Endres Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Ms Carolyn Ennis Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Mr Ammar Al-Hakim Leader of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq
Mr Jean-Michel Happi The World Bank
Mr David Bontempo The World Bank
Mr Tariq Al-Hashimi Vice President of Iraq, 2006-2009
Dr Ibrahim Al-Ja'afari Prime Minister of Iraq, 2005-2006
Vice President of Iraq, 2004-2005
Member of the Iraqi Governing Council, 2003-2004
Mr Yonadam Kanna Head of the Assyrian Democratic Movement, 2001-2009
Member of the Iraqi National Council, 2003-2009
Member of the Iraqi Governing Council, 2003-2004
Ms Huda Malik Director General For International Development, Ministry of Planning and Development Co-Operation, Iraq, 2008
Dr Mowaffaq Al-Rubaie Independent member of the Iraqi House of Representatives, April 2009-March 2010
Member of the Iraqi Governing Council, 2003-2004
Iraqi National Security Advisor, 2004-2009
Mr Ayad Al-Samarraei Speaker of the Council of Representatives, April 2009
Mr Ville Varjola Acting EU Ambassador
Mr Sharwan Al-Waely State Ministry for National Security Affairs
Canon Andrew White Anglican Vicar, St George's Church, 2005-2009
President of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, 2005-2009

In Basra

Name:                                         In relation to the following roles:
Dr Haider Ali               Chairman, Basra Investment Commission
Mr Farouq al-Asadi Rafha Human Rights/Refugee NGO
Ms Safia Abdel Fattah Rafha Human Rights/Refugee NGO
Mr Hassan al-Rashid Provincial Councillor and former Governor
Mr Taha al-Tamimi Former political adviser to Her Majesty's Government
Mr Mohammed al-Wa'ili Businessman and former Governor

In Erbil

Name:In relation to the following roles:
Professor Dlawer              Ala'Adeen Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research
Kurdistan Regional Government
Msgr Jaques Isaac Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Cultural Affairs and Dean of the Babel College

Mr Nawzad Hadi Mawlood

Governor of Erbil, 2004-2009
Dr Barham Saleh Prime Minister, Kurdistan Regional Government
Mr Karim Sinjari Minister of the Interior, Kurdistan Regional Government

The Committee also had the opportunity to meet Mr Hoshyar Zebari (the Iraqi Foreign Minister) whilst he was in London.

The Inquiry Committee met the following people in Jordan:

Name:                                         In relation to the following roles:
Mr Peter Batchelor    Deputy Country Director UN Development Programme, Iraq
Mrs Christine McNab

Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General - Resident Co-ordinator and Humanitarian Co-ordinator of the United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq, 2009

Mr Stephen Ray Head of Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian affairs, Iraq
Mr Imran Riza Representative UN High Commision for Refugees Jordan
Mr Jobst von Kirchmann Head of Iraq Aid Programme, EU Delegation

 The Inquiry also met:

Name:                                         In relation to the following roles:
Mr Kim Beazley Member of the Australian House of Representatives, 2001-2007
Leader of the Australian Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition, 2005-2006

The Committee also met officials from the World Bank, and took part in seminars at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and at the RAND (Research ANd Development) Corporation.