September 09, 2003

Arab League Recognizes New Iraqi Government

Interesting, and a step in the right direction:

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari took his country's seat at the Arab League on Tuesday, settling a two-month dispute within the pan-Arab body over whether to recognize a government set up by the U.S. occupiers.

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The other members of the 22-member league had decided to accept Zebari hours earlier after a late night, six-hour debate. The league said the Iraqi Governing Council, the U.S.-appointed interim authority, had been granted Iraq's seat until the formation of a legitimate Iraqi government under a new constitution.

"This decision was agreed upon unanimously," Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher told reporters.

By winning increased legitimacy, the Governing Council helps boost U.S. plans to establish a moderate, representative Iraqi government to replace Saddam's bloody three decade-long rule.

Also good:

The president of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Abdullah Bin Hamad al-Attiyah, has been quoted as saying the oil cartel will invite the Governing Council's oil minister to its Sept. 24 meeting in Vienna if the United Nations recognizes the interim Iraqi government.

Source: Iraq Takes Seat at Arab League Meeting

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