Arab summit may convene in May - Arab League

Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The secretary general of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, has said in Nouakchott that the next Arab summit would "be held soon, very probably in May.
" Speaking after an audience with Mauritania President Ould Taya, Moussa explained that the Tunisian proposal to host the next summit was "welcome, since member States of the Arab organisation would like to avoid differences among them on such an issue.
" Referring to the planned Arab League reforms, Moussa said that Mauritania supports them and hopes they will be in keeping with the needs of Arab society.
He recalled his organisation's position on the Iraqi issue which calls for a rapid transfer of sovereignty from the US-led forces to a new Iraqi government.
The Arab League boss arrived in Nouakchott Tuesday on a tour of Maghrebi capitals to "smooth the rough edges" after the crisis generated by the postponement of the Arab summit scheduled in Tunis from 30 to 31 March.
The meeting was postponed sine die because of divergence of views pertaining to reforms of the Arab organisation.
Immediately after the postponement, Egypt proposed to host it.

07 april 2004 09:16:00

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