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Mubarak Warns Iraq to Fully Implement UN Resolutions - 2002-09-27

Egypt's president says he has warned Iraq to fully implement U.N. resolutions if it wants to avoid a U.S.-led military attack.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says if Iraq has nothing to hide concerning weapons of mass destruction then it should deal seriously with U.N. weapons inspectors.

Mr. Mubarak says that's the advice he gave Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri during a meeting Wednesday in Saudi Arabia, along with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.

President Mubarak says he told the foreign minister that if Iraq wants to generate world support against a U.S.-led military attack it must avoid any provocative actions or statements and abide by international law. He went on to say the situation is so serious no one can rule out the possibility of military action against Iraq.

Mr. Mubarak met with the Crown Prince in an effort to find ways to avert such an attack, which the leaders of both countries have said would destabilize the region and would be disastrous for the entire world.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt, which are key U.S. allies in the region, have said they will not support a U.S.-led military campaign against Iraq unless it receives backing from the United Nations Security Council.

Speaking on other Mideast issues, the Egyptian leader praised President Bush's efforts concerning the Israeli siege of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's headquarters in Ramallah.

On Saturday, Mr. Mubarak sent President Bush a message asking that he apply pressure on Israel. Mr. Mubarak said the president intervened immediately. Mr. Bush said the siege is not helpful to peace efforts.

The Israeli action, which began last Thursday, has drawn condemnation from many countries and a U.N. resolution telling Israel to end the blockade. Israel is demanding that suspected terrorists inside the compound surrender before it will withdraw its troops.