INTERNATIONAL: Corallo to handle Iraq press work

BAGHDAD: Army veteran and Department of Justice press secretary Mark Corallo has been posted to Iraq to take over day-to-day press duties for the team led by retired US General Jay Garner.

Corallo, who arrives in Baghdad this week, said he expects to be 'working with the media to make sure that the Iraqi people and, in fact, the rest of the world, understand that we are a nation that keeps its promises'.

'We promised to liberate the Iraqi people from Saddam Hussein, and we further promised we would help them rebuild a free and stable society.

We are letting them know that we will be keeping our promises,' he added.

Corallo will report to US Ambassador to Morocco Margaret Tutwiler. The long-time Republican spokeswoman is acting as communications director in Baghdad while she considers an offer from the Bush administration to become the next Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.

In that position Tutwiler would be replacing Charlotte Beers, who left the post last month, citing health reasons for her departure (PRWeek, 14 March).

Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Corallo acted as communications director for the US House Government Reform Committee and worked on President Bush's 2000 campaign.

He will return to his position at the Department of Justice following his tenure in Iraq.

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