Tuesday, September 09, 2003

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...

The other members of the 22-member league decided to accept Zebari hours earlier Tuesday after a late night, six-hour debate...

The Iraqi foreign minister will be welcome for one year, after which the league will review Iraq's representation in terms of its progress toward forming a government, bin Helmi said. He also called on the interim Iraqi leadership to advise the league of its plans for drafting a constitution and forming a permanent government.

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.

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