Iraq's VP urges Iraqis to return home, citing improved security

Iraqi Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi on Tuesday urged Iraqis who fled their country following the US-led war to return home, citing improved security. "Considering the improved security situation, we're doing our utmost to encourage Iraqis to return home," al-Hashemi told reporters following closed-door talks with Jordanian Prime Minister Nader al-Dahabi. Al-Hashemi, who arrived here from Bahrain where he attended a regional security summit, maintained that the Iraqi authorities "want our citizens back to their country because there are many university graduates among them who can help in the development drive."