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Iraq Agrees To Delay Arab League Summit In Baghdad

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki was hoping to use the summit to showcase Baghdad.
Iraq has agreed to postpone an Arab League summit scheduled for March 29 in Baghdad at the request of Arab foreign ministers because of turmoil in the region.

An adviser to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said the summit had been postponed "for a maximum period until May 15."

Countries in the Middle East and North Africa have been rocked by protests that have resulted in the ousting of long-serving rulers in Tunisia and Egypt.

The Arab League summit is viewed as important for Iraq's reintegration into the Arab world eight years after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein.