Arab divisions harm Iraq, says Iraqi PM

March 30th, 2009 - 11:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Doha, March 30 (DPA) Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Monday said divisions among Arab states “harm Iraq”, and called on Arab countries to play a greater role in rebuilding his war-ravaged country.
“We call for the adoption of a common Arab strategy based on a partnership of all the Arab family,” al-Maliki told an Arab League summit in Qatar. “We are against the policy of alliances which runs against a unified Arab position … and harms Iraq.”

He called on more Arab countries to re-open their embassies in Baghdad and to forgive debts incurred by former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

In a visit to Baghdad earlier this month, Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa also called on more member states to re-open their embassies in Baghdad.

Many Arab states closed their embassies following the US-led invasion in 2003, citing security concerns. Others temporarily closed their embassies after insurgents targeted them with bomb attacks.

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