Two government officials say Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi will attend the meeting in Syria instead.
Al-Maliki has been in Basra since Tuesday. The operation has sparked protests and clashes in Baghdad and several southern cities.
The officials confirming the news are Ali al-Moussawi, head of the National Media Center, and Laith Shobar, an adviser to the vice president.
They say the Shiite vice president flew to Damascus on Friday.
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