Thursday, May 03, 2007

Arabs Urge Scheduled U.S. Withdrawal (Again!)

Published: May 3, 2007 at 3:15 PM

SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt, May 3 (UPI) — The Arabs have joined voices, calling for a scheduled withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. The deputy chief of the 22-member Arab League, Ahmad bin Hilli, told top officials from 60 countries Thursday that setting a timetable for a withdrawal of U.S. and other foreign troops from Iraq would be the first step towards achieving security and stability in the country. He was speaking on behalf of League Secretary-General Amr Mousa at an international conference on Iraq in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik.

The demand by the Arab body comes amid growing calls within the U.S. Congress for a scheduled pullout from Iraq and after President George W. Bush vetoed a bill to set a timetable for a U.S. troop withdrawal from the war-torn country. It also came a day after 133 Iraqi lawmakers signed a memorandum demanding the same thing and delivered it to the U.N. Security Council, Arab and international organizations, as well as the Iraqi government, which is also resisting the demand.

In addition, the Arab League representative urged the participation of armed Iraqi insurgents not linked to terrorist groups in a national reconciliation plan that would ultimately end the sectarian and political strife in the country.

Found on War in Iraq

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