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Arab envoy's resignation denied
Arab League says the last remaining Arab diplomat in Baghdad is not quitting.
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2007 19:33 GMT

 Mokhtar Lamani is the last Arab diplolmat in the Iraqi capital. [EPA]

The Arab League has denied that its envoy to Baghdad has resigned because of a lack of "Arab vision" over the conflict in Iraq.
 
The denial came after it was reported that Mokhtar Lamani, the sole Arab diplomat in the Iraqi capital, was quitting at the end of February because of an "inability to achieve anything serious or positive".
The Arab League said Lamani was in Cairo after being summoned for consultations.
 
It was reported earlier that Lamani has written to Amr Moussa, the Arab League secretary-general, informing him about his decision to quit.
Diplomats targeted
 
Lamani, a Moroccan, is the last Arab diplomat working in Baghdad, with ambassadors from other nations performing their duties from the Jordanian capital of Amman.
 
Lamani, 56, was appointed in March 2006 by Arab foreign ministers with a mission of aiding national reconciliation efforts in the country which is crippled by sectarian conflict.
 
An Arab League national reconciliation conference following a similar meeting held in Cairo in November 2005 has been continuously delayed.
 
Arab diplomats in Baghdad have been repeatedly targeted by armed groups, with the Egyptian ambassador-designate kidnapped and murdered in July 2005 and an Emirati diplomat kidnapped in May 2006.
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