Iraq refuses to sign Arab summit statement for failing to condemn terrorism

March 30, 2008 14:25

Iraq is refusing to endorse the final statement from the Arab summit in Syria because it does not condemn terrorism in the wartorn country. Shiite Vice President Adil Abdul-Mahdi says Iraq has "reservations" about the statement because of the lack of a terror condemnation. Iraq's Shiite and Kurd-led government has long accused Sunni-led Arab governments of not taking a strong enough stance against Sunni Arab fighters who made up the backbone of Iraq's insurgency. Sunday's statement has been endorsed by the other 20 nations at the summit, meaning it has been approved while noting Iraq's reservation.

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