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UPDATED: 18:27, August 01, 2005
Arab summit delayed due to Saudi king's death
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The Arab League announced Monday that an extraordinary Arab summit scheduled on Wednesday in Egypt's Red Sea resort Sharm el-Sheikh was postponed after the death of Saudi King Fahd.

AL Secretary General Amr Moussa told a press conference at Sheraton Hotel in the resort the pan-Arab organization has decided to postpone the summit after holding consultations with member countries.

However, postponing the summit doesn't mean cancelling it, he said, adding the summit will be held within days and pressing regional issues, including the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, situation in Iraq and anti-terrorism, will be mulled over as scheduled.

Answering a question over whether the new summit would be held before Aug. 15 when Israel planned to start withdrawing from the Gaza Strip, Moussa said the AL has not decided on an exact date, but Israeli pullout plan is a "very important and major issue" that should be addressed at the summit.

Asked if all Arab members will attend the summit or the gathering will turn out to be a mini-summit, Moussa said it is sure that all members should attend, because all Arab countries have agreed to discuss the latest development in the region.

The Egyptian government has held consultations with other Arab countries over the postponement of the extraordinary summit, Moussa added.

Last Thursday, Mubarak called for an emergency Arab summit in Sharm el-Sheikh days after triple bombings killed at least 64 people in the worst terrorist attacks in the country.

Mubarak said the Arab world was witnessing "worrisome developments from the situation on the Palestinian arena to the situation in Iraq and many other challenges," adding "it is necessary to formulate a shared Arab vision" at an emergency summit.

Source: Xinhua

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