GCC states ask to cancel Arab Summit in Iraq
Bahrain's foreign minister said on Wednesday that the Gulf Arab states had asked the Arab League to cancel the Arab summit due to be held in Baghdad next month. The request came in the wake of tensions in relations between the Gulf countries and Iraq against the background of internal developments in Bahrain.
The Bahrain News Agency quoted the minister as saying, "Bahraini Foreign Minister: GCC Calls for the cancelation of the Arab summit to be held in Baghdad," scheduled for the 10th of May.
The statement by Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, came after Iraq criticized the activities of the Bahraini security forces against the Shiite protests.
Sheikh Khaled in a message on his Twitter said he sent a letter to the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States Amr Moussa to cancel the Arab summit planned in Iraq. Originally, the Arab summit was expected to be held in March, but postponed to May because of the unrest in several Arab countries.