Public rifts at Arab summit likely to satisfy Iran and Syria
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 01:16
March 26 - Arab leaders at odds over supporting Islamists in upheavals across the Middle East have proved to be in no mood to reconcile at a summit this week. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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Amateur video, which can not be independently verified by Reuters, shows few signs of peace in Syria. Tensions have also flared in Kuwait - with Arab leaders at odds over supporting Islamists in upheavals across the Middle East. The outcome is likely to satisfy Syria and Iran in their rivalry with regional heavyweights Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ARAB LEAGUE SECRETARY GENERAL, NABIL ELARABY, SAYING:
"It is unreasonable to think it possible, with any differences, in any part of the world, that they can be resolved in one day, or in one meeting."
In the Syrian war, Riyadh and Doha both back Islamist groups fighting President Bashar al-Assad's forces. But they are rivals for influence in the political and armed wings of the opposition. In turn, Assad gets political support from Iraq and Algeria, weapons from old ally Russia, and military backing and advice from Iran.
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