Iraq's Neighbors Want US, UK Forces Removed

Politics | April 19, 2003, Saturday // 00:00

Governments of Iraq's neighbors Saturday demanded the quick removal of U.S. and British "occupation forces", AP reported

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, foreign ministers from eight Middle East nations ended an emergency meeting with an appeal to U.S. and British forces to leave Iraq swiftly. The ministers also called on the U.S.-led coalition to fulfill obligations under international law for maintaining security and stability while in Iraq.

The joint declaration condemned U.S. threats against Syria for allegedly developing chemical weapons and harboring members of Saddam's toppled regime.

The meeting included the foreign ministers of all Iraq's neighbors - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Syria, Jordan, Turkey and Iran. Egypt and Bahrain also participated. Their final statement said the United Nations should have a central role in rebuilding Iraq but stressed that "the Iraqi people should administer and govern their country by themselves."

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