U.S. commerce secretary arrives in Baghdad to meet with prime minister

 AP, July 17 – The U.S. commerce secretary visited Baghdad on Monday following calls from President Bush last month to his cabinet to help Iraq’s new government.

Carlos M. Gutierrez arrived at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone shortly after 9 a.m. for a series of talks with Iraqi leaders.

Gutierrez was expected to hold a news conference Monday with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

The arrival comes after a string of high-profile visits, including President Bush last month and most recently Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.