Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Arab Leaders Firm Behind Sudan's Beshir

DOHA (AFP) — Arab leaders united firmly behind Sudan's leader against his international arrest warrant over Darfur, but failed to achieve full Arab reconciliation in a summit shunned by Egypt's president.

The heads of states who wound up their annual summit late Monday also warned that an Arab peace offer was not open-ended, while Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad called for "suspending" the offer until Israel engages fully.

Libyan Leader Moamer Kadhafi and Saudi King Abdullah held reconciliatory talks following a tirade by the maverick Kadhadi which overshadowed the summit's opening, as he evoked a fiery exchange between the two leaders in a 2003 summit.

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