Iraq's foreign minister called a United Arab Emirates Cabinet minister a "Zionist agent" and accused the Gulf state of speaking for Israel by making the first public call by an Arab country for Saddam Hussein to step down.
"This is a paper that comes from (Israeli Prime Minister) Ariel Sharon," Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri told reporters Saturday in reaction to a letter United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan submitted to an Arab League summit proposing that Saddam step down to avert war.
"This is a trivial paper and it found its way quickly to the garbage pail," Sabri said, according to AP. "There's not one honest Arab who will accept a message from Sharon to the summit."
Sabri took a personal swipe at Sheikh Zayed's son, Emirates Information Minister Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. "This Zionist agent child called Abdullah Zayed, who spoke to the reporters, he spoke of matters over his head," Sabri said. (Albawaba.com)
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