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Jul 31, 2012 12:53 PM by Lindsey Gordon - MTN News

Iraqi exchange students meet with Governor Schweitzer

Students from the Iraqi Young Leader's Exchange Program met with Governor Brian Schweitzer in Helena on Monday to talk about topics that ranged from the history of Montana to the conflict in Syria.

The program is designed for undergraduate and high school Iraqi students to develop a commitment to community development, and an awareness of current and global issues.

The program also aims to promote mutual understanding, respect, and collaboration between the United States and Iraq.

Iraqi student Tawar Hamarashed says that the trip has made her see common misconceptions between Americans and Iraqis.

Hamarashed noted, "Because you just only see what's on the media, you don't really know what's going on out there. So I think even from the beginning it was clear that we all knew it's, like, not everything you see on media is correct and we are here to represent our country, so I think we're doing a great job."

There were a few American students in attendance that are involved in the program, from Chicago.

In a few days, all the students will leave Montana and they will make their way to Washington, D.C., to finish out the program before heading back home.

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