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Arab League chief: Iraq is "capable" of hosting March summit

Arab World Materials 9 January 2011 17:21
Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa told reporters while on a visit to Iraq on Sunday that the conflict-ridden country is "capable" of hosting his organisation's high-profile annual summit in March, dpa reported.
Arab League chief: Iraq is "capable" of hosting March summit

Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa told reporters while on a visit to Iraq on Sunday that the conflict-ridden country is "capable" of hosting his organisation's high-profile annual summit in March, dpa reported.

Some Arab League states have expressed concern that the security situation in Iraq is too volatile for it to host the summit, which the country sees as a key step towards its diplomatic future.

But Moussa said that "Iraq is capable of hosting the summit" in the capital Baghdad as planned.

Iraq has not hosted the 22-member organization's summit since 1978, although it hosted a smaller Arab League session just months before Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990.

The Arab League chief arrived in Iraq on Saturday for a two-day visit to plan for the event.

He also delivered a speech to Iraq's parliament on Sunday, and has met with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, President Jalal Talabani, parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi and other high-level Iraqi officials.

He is additionally expected to visit Najaf, one of Iraq's holiest Shiite cities, and the northern Kurdistan city of Irbil, where Egypt recently opened a consulate.

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