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Ambassador Khalilzad Discusses Role of U.N. in Iraq

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad, who served as the first post-Saddam Hussein U.S. ambassador to Iraq, discusses calls for an expanded U.N. role in Iraq, among other issues.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    Judy Woodruff has our interview with the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Zalmay Khalilzad took up his position in April after having served for two years as the first U.S. ambassador to post-Saddam Iraq. He was also U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan from 2003 to 2005. And he joins us now.

    Mr. Ambassador, good to you have with us.

    ZALMAY KHALILZAD, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: Always good to be with you, Judy.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    You write today in the New York Times that the Bush administration now wants the U.N. to play a more active role in Iraq. This is a pretty significant change in approach, isn't it?

  • ZALMAY KHALILZAD:

    Well, as you know, the secretary-general visited with the president a few days ago. And he said to the president that the U.N. should play a bigger role, because what happens in Iraq is important for the future of the world. And we agree with him.

    And we support the idea of an increased U.N. role to deal with the two big issues confronting Iraq: the internal disagreements among Iraqis; and the regional and helpful role that some of the neighbors are playing.