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Taken Questions
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 11, 2003
Question Taken at April 10, 2003 Daily Press Briefing

U.S. Contacts with Seyyed Abdul Majid Al-Khoe'i

Question:   What contacts did the United States have with Seyyed Abdul Majid Al-Khoe'i?

Answer:   Seyyed Abdul Majid Al-Khoe'i was an active participant in the Civil Society and Local Government working groups of the Future of Iraq project, in which he and other free Iraqis have been meeting to prepare for a better future for the Iraqi people.
U.S. officials were at the December 2002 conference of the Iraqi opposition in London, where Seyyed Abdul Majid played a key role in urging Iraqis to unify for the purpose of aiding the Iraqi people, called for reconciliation and tolerance among Iraqis inside and outside Iraq, and helped with efforts by independent Iraqis to move Iraq towards democracy and the rule of law.

As Secretary-General of the Al-Khoe’i Foundation, Seyyed Abdul Majid was an internationally known religious leader, scholar, educator, writer, and civic leader. He was also known for his strong condemnation from a spiritual perspective of the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001. In recent years, Seyyed Abdul Majid had met with a number of U.S. and other international officials to urge U.S. and international support for the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi people. He was known as an advocate for the reconstruction of Iraq and as one of Iraq’s great advocates for democracy, freedom, reconciliation, tolerance, and the rule of law.

Released on April 10, 2003

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