Moussa Starts Tour of Arab Countries
The secretary general of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, started on Wednesday an official visit to Saudi Arabia as a part of his tour of Arab countries.
Moussa will hold talks with Arab leaders in order to prepare for the next Arab summit to be held in Beirut towards the end of March this year.
From Riyadh. Moussa will head for Sudan to attend the summit of the inter-governmental authority for development
which starts Thursday in Khartoum.
On Sunday, the secretary general will go to Syria and then to Lebanon where he will review the issue Libyan ruler, Muammar Ghaddafi’s participation in the summit. Moussa will also visit Jordan and later Libya to explain the difficulty of moving the summit location to Cairo, sources told KUNA.
Libya had officially requested the transfer of the summit from Beirut to Cairo due to statements of some Lebanese Shiite figure. In their declarations, they rejected the attendance of Ghaddafi as a result of the mysterious disappearance of Imam Moussa al-Sadr who vanished in Libya during his visit there in 1978.
Meanwhile, Iraq announced on Tuesday that its Foreign Minister would meet with Amr Moussa in order to “settle down the differences between Arab countries to regain stability in the region.”
A spokesman for the Iraqi Minister stated that the meeting is due to take place on January 18 in Baghdad. The spokesman added that Iraq was prepared to “stand behind any initiative to clear up the atmosphere and settle down differences between Arab countries.” (Albawaba.com)