Al-Maliki to skip Arab summit

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has decided to skip this weekend's weekend Arab summit amid fighting in the southern oil port of Basra.

Al-Maliki to skip Arab summit
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.

Last Mod: 28 Mart 2008, 12:04
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