Arab League chief calls for talks with Iran over Iraq's future

Arab League chief Amr Moussa on Sunday called for talks between Arab countries and Iran over Iraq, dismissing suggestions that Teheran would fill a power vacuum in the war-torn nation in case of US troop withdrawal. "There should be a consensus between the Arabs and Iran over Iraq," Moussa told reporters after a meeting of Arab diplomats. "Iran and the Arabs should be on one side." Last week, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned that a power vacuum is imminent in Iraq and said that Iran was ready to help fill the gap. He suggested cooperation with "regional friends like Saudi Arabia." Ahmadinejad did not elaborate on how Iran could fill a power gap but his remarks appeared to reflect Iran's eagerness for an increasied role in its neighbor's political scene.