Iraq on Arab Summit Agenda

Published March 13th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Arab foreign ministers decided overnight Monday to include the issue of Iraq on the March 27 Amman Arab summit agenda, Qatari Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassem said. 

"The Iraqi question will be included in the agenda under the chapter of the situation between Iraq and Kuwait," he said. 

The foreign ministers were meeting at Arab League headquarters to prepare for the Amman summit, which is expected to focus on the Palestinian uprising against Israel and the crumbling UN sanctions on Iraq, said AFP. 

"We had long talks on the Iraqi question and there is a new Arab spirit on how to deal with that issue", the Qatari foreign minister said. 

According to an Arab diplomatic source who took part in the talks, foreign minister rejected a call by Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Said Sahhaf to add lifting of sanctions against his country and the abolition of the no-fly zones in northern and southern Iraq to the agenda, reported the Kuwait news agency (KUNA). 

The source told KUNA that Saudi Arabia and Kuwait had opposed the Iraqi request to mention the lifting of the embargo in the main points of the Arab summit agenda. 

Diplomats at the Cairo meeting added talks would continue on the contents of such a resolution, AFP said. 

Three countries are in charge of drawing up a draft resolution on Iraq: Egypt, which chaired the previous Arab summit, Jordan, which chairs the coming one, and Qatar, which chairs the Arab League ministerial council, said AFP -- 



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