Egyptian summit to convene on Iraq

April 30, 2007 at 9:08 AM
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WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- Iraq's ambassador to Washington said he hoped his country may find more stability after leaders from the Middle East meet in Egypt this week.

"We are not seeking that our neighbors devise a solution for us in Iraq," Ambassador Samir Sumaidaie said. "That has to be done by Iraqis. But we ask them to step back and reduce their interference."

The summit in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El Sheik will address political stability in Iraq and how to reduce the debt Iraq owes to other countries, Voice of America reported Monday.

Thursday, the Iraqi government and the United Nations are expected to announce an initiative known as the Iraq Compact, which will deal with economic issues.

Friday, foreign ministers will discuss Iraq's internal security and efforts to unify the country's political sects, the VOA reported.

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