Mubarak: Arabs can't avert war in Iraq

Published February 9th, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said Sunday other Arabs were powerless to avert a war, but that he had sent a plea to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to find a way out of his crisis with the United States.  


The message to Iraq was to "find a way to settle this issue, because war is going to harm us all," the Egyptian president said in an interview with local television stations after talks on Iraq with the leaders of Syria and Libya at his seaside retreat.  


"To say that we can put off the war would be fooling ourselves," Mubarak said. "There is the American Congress, the (U.N.) Security Council, the British Parliament, the American administration and so many parties, and those are the ones who can put off, accelerate, or carry out the war. It is not in our (Arabs') hands.  


"What we discuss in our meetings is that if an attack happens — and we hope it does not happen — trying to save the souls of the innocent Iraqi people who could die in a war like this helplessly."  


Mubarak met separately Sunday with Syria's Bashar Assad and Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, then the three sat down together for a mini-summit. Later, Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa and top aides to Mubarak, Assad and Gadhafi were brought in for expanded talks. (

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