GCC rejects foreign interference in Iraqi affairs: Attiyah


The six states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are against foreign interference in Iraq’s internal affairs, Abdulrahman Al-Attiyah, secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), answered a KUNA question at a news conference after a meeting of GCC foreign ministers.

On Iraq’s neighbors’ meeting, Al-Attiyah said three GCC countries would be represented by senior officials in the meeting that would be held in Baghdad on march 10, the first since the removal of the former Iraqi regime. He did not elaborate.

The GCC secretary general reiterated commitment to the Arab peace initiative, adopted during the Arab summit in Beirut in 2002.

He said any attempt to undermine the peace initiative would jeopardize the Palestinian cause.

Al-Attiyah said he informed the foreign ministers on the assistance program with Yemen and the outcome of the donors’ conference in London concerning Yemen.

He also briefed them with his talks with director general of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohammad El-Baradei regarding the GCC peaceful nuclear program.

Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs Nezar Madani, meanwhile, said Riyadh sent invitations to all Arab countries to attend the Arab summit, slated for late this month in the Saudi capital.

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