Gulf States ask to cancel Arab summit

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The Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) asked the Arab League to cancel a meeting scheduled for May in Baghdad, Bahrain's Foreign Minister Khalid Al Khalifa said in a message posted on his Twitter account Tuesday (April 12th).

"The atmosphere is not right to hold a summit in Iraq," Al Khalifa wrote on his Twitter page Tuesday. The summit was supposed to be held in March but was postponed by two months because of political turmoil in the region.

Arab diplomats told Al Masry Al Youm that Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari will travel to Cairo next week to discuss the matter with Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa. Earlier this week, Zebari said that Iraq has spent $450 million in preparation for the summit, including upgrading hotels in Baghdad.

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