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(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
Baghdad-based Al-Iraqiyah TV at 1009 gmt on 17 December begins to carry live from Baghdad a news conference by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and visiting British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The news conference is observed to be carried live by Al-Sharqiyah TV and by Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya.
Al-Maliki says at the outset that Blair expressed "his commitment to the support of Iraq and an Iraqi national unity government to face the challenges". He adds that he and Blair "reviewed ideas that may contribute to the success of the political process, including ideas related to regional relations". He says that he and …