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AL chief to visit Baghdad for talks over Syria


14:20, December 08, 2011

BAGHDAD, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Arab League (AL) chief Nabil al- Arabi will visit Baghdad on Thursday to hold talks with Iraqi leaders over sanctions against Syria, an Iraqi official television reported on Wednesday.

The state-run channel of Iraqia said that Arabi will meet with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari to discuss the latest developments in the region particularly in Syria.

Arabi will also meet with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the parliament speaker Osama al- Nujaifi, the channel said.

On Nov. 27, AL approved sanctions against the Syrian government over its alleged deadly crackdown on protesters.

AL's punitive measures included a freeze on transactions with Damascus and its central bank and on Syrian regime assets in Arab countries.

Iraq, who has close ties with Syria, abstained from the vote of the AL sanctions for economic motives.

"Our stance is mainly economic, as there is a trade exchange between Iraq and Syria," Iraqi Deputy Foreign Minister Labid Abbawi told reporters.

"The sanctions will have impacts on the people of Syria more than the regime, and will have consequences for us," Abbawi said.

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