Arab League members are in Cairo for ministerial-level meetings
expected to focus on tensions between Iraq and Syria, among other
Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa and Iraqi
Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari met on the sidelines Wednesday to
discuss the situation.
Zebari also met separately with his
Syrian counterpart Tuesday. Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said
Syria fully supports Iraqi unity, integrity and security.
between Iraq and Syria have risen since suicide truck bombers targeted
government buildings in Baghdad last month (August 19), killing nearly
100 Iraqis. Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has blamed the
attacks on Baathist sympathizers based in Syria. Syria has demanded
that Iraqi authorities provide evidence to back up those allegations.
foreign ministers also are expected to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict, the state of affairs in Iraq, and conditions in Sudan's
The Arab League's agenda includes political, economic, social and legal issues affecting the Arab world.