Arab League chief arrives in Iraq for summit

AFP , Sunday 25 Mar 2012

Nabil El-Arabi arrives for the summit on Syria, the Arab Spring and Arab League self-reforms in Baghdad, which has not hosted the league meeting in over 20 years

Arab League Secretary General Nabil El-Arabi arrived in Baghdad on Sunday ahead of this week's Arab summit in the Iraqi capital, the first to be held here in more than 20 years.

"This is a summit for Iraq," Arabi said in remarks aired on state broadcaster Iraqiya TV.

"The whole world is watching the summit and looking forward to the resolutions it will pass," he added.

The summit, which runs from Tuesday to Thursday, is expected to tackle the ongoing conflict in Syria, the impact of regional Arab Spring revolts, as well as structural reforms to the 22-member Arab League.

In its preparations for the gathering, Iraq has deployed thousands of extra policemen and soldiers and spent $500 million refurbishing hotels, summit venues and some infrastructure in the capital.

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