The Arab League meeting scheduled for May in Baghdad has been postponed until next year at the request of the Iraqi government, authorities said Thursday.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari and Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa “have agreed to the postponement of the Arab Summit,” the Voices of Iraq news station reports.
UPI reports that a meeting was set for May 15 to review the Arab League schedule and possible replacements for Moussa, who is leaving the Arab League to run for president of Egypt.
The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council expressed outrage over Baghdad’s criticism of the minority Sunni leadership in Bahrain, calling for the cancellation of the Arab League summit. The tiny island kingdom is under scrutiny for its response to a Shiite uprising.
Iraqi lawmakers had complained the pressure from the GCC was unnecessary at a time when the Arab world is plagued by simmering political unrest.
Iraqiya leader and former interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi was mentioned as a possible candidate for Arab League secretary-general.