26/03/2012 09:37 ERBIL, March 26 (AKnews) - President of Iraq Jalal Talabani has selected April 5 for the long-heralded national conference to solve the political issues in the country.

According to a statement from the president's office, Talabani chose the date for the meeting after discussing national problems with Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki and speaker of the Council of Representatives Usama al-Nujayfi.

Talabani also asked the preparatory committee in charge of the national conference to prepare an agenda before the meeting day.

Iraq witnessed political tension accompanied by security breaches days after the departure of US forces on December 18 last year.

The political crisis deteriorated with the issuance of an arrest warrant against Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi and the demand of Maliki for the Council of Representatives to dismiss the PM's deputy, Saleh al-Mutlaq.

By Omer Ali