Palestinian President Abbas in Iraq for Talks

An Iraqi government spokesman says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has arrived in Baghdad for talks, in what's thought to be the first visit by a Palestinian leader since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Spokesman Ali al-Dabagh says the U.S.-backed Abbas arrived Sunday in Iraq at the invitation of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

Al-Dabagh says the visit marks the first time a Palestinian leader has visited Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion that ousted dictator Saddam Hussein.

He says Abbas also will meet with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

About 11,000 Palestinians live in Iraq, mostly in Baghdad. Some have been targeted in Iraqi sectarian attacks because of their perceived privileged status under Saddam.