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Iraqi PM says Baghdad summit to discuss terrorism

(Xinhua)

08:49, March 26, 2012

BAGHDAD, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki said Sunday that participants of the coming Arab League (AL) Baghdad summit will discuss terrorism that has struck the Arab world.

Maliki made the remarks during a meeting with visiting AL Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi just days before the AL summit in the Iraqi capital on March 29, Maliki's office said in a statement posted on its website.

"The agenda of the upcoming Baghdad summit will tackle the issue of terrorism which struck all the Arab countries," the statement quoted Maliki as saying.

Iraq can show a clearest example for the danger and the devastating impacts of terrorism, as the country has long suffered from terrorism which claimed the lives of many of its innocent people, Maliki told Arabi.

He stressed that Iraq will do its best to give a success to the Arab summit, and will present its vision to help resolve various issues raised on the agenda of the summit.

For his part, Arabi expressed his admiration for Iraq's " excellent" preparations for the summit, the statement said.

Arabi and his accompanying delegation arrived in Baghdad earlier Sunday to discuss the final touches for the ministerial meetings on March 27 and March 28, as well as the summit on March 29.

Baghdad said earlier that it has completed the preparation for the summit and is ready to receive the Arab leaders despite sporadic violence across the country, which is seen as a setback to the Iraqi efforts to restore normalcy ahead of the summit.

Iraq sees the summit as a significant milestone in its history that would lead the country to play a powerful and positive role in the Arab world.

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