Arab summit in Baghdad on March 29

AFP , Monday 14 Feb 2011

Arab Summit scheduled for March 29, in Baghdad, the first annual summit after Tunisia and Egypt revolts

Arab heads of state will hold their annual summit in Baghdad on March 29, Iraq's ambassador to the Arab League told reporters on Monday.

"The Arab League summit will be held in Baghdad on March 29," Qais al-Azzawi told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of the league's permanent representatives in Cairo.

It will be the first summit of the 22-member body since the resignation of Egypt's president Hosni Mubarak, who led the regional powerhouse for 30 years.

Azzawi said Arab foreign ministers will hold preparatory meetings on March 28 in Baghdad. Permanent representatives will also meet in Cairo on March 26 and 27, he said.

Iraq has not hosted an Arab League summit since 1978, though an extraordinary meeting of leaders took place there in 1990.

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