“The development of an effective economic cooperation among Arab countries implies above all a political stability in the region, vigorous efforts to bridge differences among members of the Arab League and to unite the Arab nation,” said Secretary General of the League, Nabil al-Arabi, inaugurating the economic meeting in Baghdad.
He also said that the ministerial meetings and a League summit in Baghdad would help Iraq to fully integrate the “family of Arab States” after years of instability.
This ministerial meeting of the economic bloc will be followed Wednesday, March 28 by the heads of diplomacy and an Arab summit Thursday, March 29.
M.al-Arabi stressed the need to find a way to end the crisis in Syria.
The last Arab League summit held in March 2010 in Sirte (Libya). It was chaired by Muammar Gaddafi, Libyan killed by rebels in 2011. In January 2011, the Egyptian town of Sharm el-Sheikh hosted an economic summit of the League headed by Hosni Mubarak. The latter is currently being prosecuted for corruption and killings of demonstrators protesting.