February 18, 2011 / 9:57 AM / 8 years ago

Libya says postponing Arab summit, League says no delay yet

ALGIERS, Feb 18 (Reuters) - An Arab League summit scheduled for next month in Iraq has been postponed because of turmoil in the Arab world, Libya, the current holder of the summit’s rotating presidency, said on Friday.

“The presidency of the Arab summit has decided to postpone the upcoming Arab summit because of the circumstances in the Arab region,” Libyan official news agency Jana said.

However, Arab League chief Amr Moussa said in Cairo that the pan-Arab group had not received any formal request to reschedule the summit. [nWEB0102]

Hesham Youssef, a senior aide to Moussa, said: “This is a decision that has to be taken collectively. If there is a suggestion of that nature, a decision has to be taken collectively.” (Writing by Maghreb newsroom; additional reporting by Edmund Blair and Tom Perry in Cairo; Editing by David Stamp)

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