Iraq has agreed to postpone an Arab League summit scheduled for March 29 in Baghdad, a government official said on Thursday, according to a report from Reuters.
The move reportedly came following a request from Arab foreign ministers because of turmoil in some countries in the region.
“It has been agreed to postpone holding the Arab summit for a maximum period until May 15 in order to understand the situations which are taking place now in some countries,” said Ali al-Moussawi, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s media adviser.
“The postponement has nothing to do with Iraq, which is ready to hold this summit.”
The Arab League summit is viewed as important for Iraq’s reintegration into the Arab world. A successful summit would help Iraq to reassure its neighbours, mainly Sunni Arab-dominated governments, who view the rise of Iraq’s Shi’ite majority with suspicion and fear the growing influence of Shi’ite-dominated Iran.
It would also be a test of the readiness of its army and police as U.S. troops prepare to withdraw fully by the end of the year.