Iraqi foreign minister visiting Cairo rejects latest proposals on removing sanctions
Iraq-Regional, Politics, 6/21/1999
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid met on Sunday in Cairo with Iraqi Foreign Minister Muhammad Saeed al-Sahaf, currently visiting Egypt.
Talks dealt with the latest developments concerning the sanctions imposed on Iraq and means of eliminating it. The two sides also reviewed the continued US-British military attacks on the northern and southern parts of Iraq and the US-British persistence in perpetuating sanctions on Iraq and to interfere in its internal affairs.
Iraq informed the Arab League of its refusal of the British - Dutch draft currently raised in the United Nations Security Council, which calls for suspending the international sanctions imposed on Iraq in return for imposing conditions leading to the control of Iraq's potentials.
Al-Sahaf said after his meeting with Abdul Meguid that this draft seeks to covert Iraq to a new Western colony and protectorate in the area under the cover of a U.N. Security Council resolution. He assured Iraq's opposition to this draft.
Regarding urging on convening a comprehensive Arab summit - Al-Sahaf assured Iraq's support to the exerted efforts for convening it and not excluding any one from it referring to the necessity of focusing on the meeting points in the Arab interests of a concern to all parts and eventually serve the national interests'.
Al-Sahaf urged on achieving a unified Arab solidarity in order to defend this just case to ease the sufferance of a whole people.
Regarding the French attempts to reconcile the drafts raised at the UN Security Council, al-Sahaf said, "There are continuous changes and we do not know which provisions will be agreed upon."
Abdul Meguid said that he discussed with al-Sahaf during his short visit to Egypt the British - Dutch draft and the French adjustments to it. He said his talks tackled the case of the Kuwaiti captives (POWs) detained in Iraq since 1990.
Al-Sahaf arrived in Cairo on Sunday morning from South Africa.
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