Iraq parliament speaker urges active Arab role


Al-Samarraie was speaking at a joint news conference with Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa following a meeting at the league’s headquarters.

He said the Arab League and its chief were keen on reinforcing relations with Iraq, voicing happiness at Egypt’s recent decision to name an ambassador in Baghdad.

He also called for closer ties between the Iraqi parliament and other Arab legislatures, noting that his visit comes within this framework.

He added that a draft protocol of cooperation between Iraqi and Egyptian parliaments was being worked out.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has recently announced Egypt will send an ambassador to Iraq for the first time since its envoy was killed by Al-Qaeda militants in 2005.

For his part, the Arab League chief said he had discussed with the Iraqi parliament speaker the latest situation in Iraq and efforts to create a new Iraq.

He added that he and Al-Samarraie had shared the same belief that Iraq’s national reconciliation was the key to a new Iraq.

Moussa wished that Iraq could regain its key role in the Arab world and Middle East region as soon as possible.


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