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Arab Summit Requested by Libya Set for Monday

Associated Press

An emergency Arab summit meeting requested by Libya to discuss the U.S. air attack against it will convene next week in Morocco, a special envoy of Morocco’s King Hassan II announced Thursday.

The envoy, Mohammed Aouad, announced the summit after a meeting with Chedli Klibi, secretary general of the Arab League. The summit is scheduled to begin Monday.

Aouad did not say where the meeting would be held, but Moroccan sources indicated the likely site is the ancient city of Fez, which also is a religious center.

Klibi had been contacting Arab governments about a summit meeting after the U.S. bombing of Tripoli and Benghazi on April 15.

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There was angry criticism of the U.S. raid in Arab countries, including protests in Cairo, Amman, Beirut and Tunis.

But there are deep political divisions between Arab moderates such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which generally support the United States, and radicals such as Syria, Algeria and South Yemen, which strongly back Libya.


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