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Istanbul Meeting

NPR's Ivan Watson in Istanbul reports that Turkey hosted talks among key Middle Eastern states Thursday, searching for ways to avert a new war in Iraq. Representatives from Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt and Jordan are expected to send Baghdad a message, urging compliance with U.N. disarmament demands.

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Ivan Watson
Ivan Watson is currently based in Istanbul, Turkey. Following the 9-11 terrorist attacks, he has served as one of NPR's foreign "firemen," shuttling to and from hotspots around the Middle East and Central Asia.