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Monday, October 11, 2010

Arab League rejects proposal to admit Iran and Turkey

In its meeting this past weekend, the Arab League rejected a proposal by its Secretary General, Amr Moussa, to admit Iran and Turkey to the Arab League, at least on some limited basis.
But it was a proposal by the charismatic secretary-general of the Arab League that has produced a lot of fireworks. Amr Moussa strongly believes that the Arab League should invite key players in the region - mainly Iran and Turkey - to take part in Arab summits and have a say in some of the decisions that are of common interest.

That proposal too was nipped in the bud. The Arab League is composed of predominantly Sunni countries which are very sceptical of Iran. Saudi Arabia, along with Egypt, has on many occasions accused Iran of spreading 'Shiaism' in the Middle East and North Africa.

In 2009 Morocco severed relations with Iran after making similar charges.
Someone please remind me again why Israel needs Turkey to act as an intermediary in negotiations with Syria.


At 4:16 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

On a par with Shimon Peres' proposal for Israel to join the Arab League.



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