Iraq's leaders have criticized Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for saying the country is in civil war.
Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari and President Jalal Talabani also rejected the Egyptian leader's characterization of Iraqi Shi'ite Muslims as more loyal to Iran than they are to Baghdad.
Mr. Jaafari spoke Sunday, as Iraq's United Iraqi Alliance met again to decide whether he will keep his position in the country's next government. The Shi'ite bloc is under growing pressure to withdraw Mr. Jaafari as its candidate. It formed a committee Sunday to discuss the issue with Sunni Arab and Kurdish leaders, who oppose his candidacy.
And militants holding two German hostages since January released a new video of the men, who said they have been in captivity for more than 60 days.
Violence continued around Baghdad Sunday as Iraq marked three years since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime.
Roadside bombs killed two Iraqis outside the capital. And U.S. troops killed eight insurgents in a raid.