Officials at the US Central Command say the meeting will be the follow-up to last week's gathering in Nasiriyah of about 80 Iraqis representing Kurds, Sunni and Shiite Muslims, Iraqi exiles, and other groups.
Participants at that meeting released a statement saying any new Iraqi government must be democratic and include all ethnic and religious groups.
Retired US Army General Jay Garner, who is coordinating the rebuilding of post-war Iraq, says the United States wants to see what he called a "mosaic" government, representing all of the Iraqi people.
General Garner made his comment today in city of Dukan after meeting with Jalal Talabani and Massoud Barzani -- leaders of the two groups that run the Kurdish-controlled swath of northern Iraq.
Mr. Talabani -- who heads the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan -- told reporters that his group supports being part of an Iraqi state. He said Kurds believe they have the right to self-determination but at this moment want to work within the Iraqi framework.
Meanwhile, the US Central Command has confirmed that two more Iraqis on the United States' "most-wanted" list are in coalition custody. One is a son-in-law of Saddam Hussein, Jamal Mustafa Abdullah Sultan. The other is Muhammed Hamza al-Zubaydi, a key figure in suppressing the Shiite Muslim uprising in southern Iraq after the 1991 Gulf War.
A Central Command spokesman (Brigadier General Vincent Brooks) also says U-S forces have reached a cease-fire agreement with an Iraq-based Iranian opposition group, the People's Mujahideen. The general said U-S forces have had what he termed "encounters" with the group, which the US government lists as a terrorist organization.