AL chief arrives in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi leaders   2011-12-08 17:58:55            

BAGHDAD, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Arab League (AL) chief Nabil al- Arabi arrived in Baghdad on an official visit to hold talks with Iraqi leaders over sanctions against Syria, an official at the Iraqi Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

"The AL chief Nabil al-Arabi arrived before midday in Baghdad airport and was received by Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, " the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Arabi will meet with Zebari to discuss the latest developments in the region particularly in Syria, in addition to Baghdad's preparations to host an AL summit in March next year.

On Wednesday, the state-run channel of Iraqia said that Arabi will also meet with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi.

On Nov. 27, the AL approved sanctions against the Syrian government over its alleged deadly crackdown on protests that engulfed the country for several months.

AL 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 Arab League's sanctions for economic motives.

"Our stance is mainly economic, as there is a trade exchange between Iraq and Syria, in addition to joint border," 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 as well as Syria," Abbawi said.

Editor: Bi Mingxin
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