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Iraq agrees to Arab League participation in drafting constitution

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Cairo (dpa) - The Arab League received Wednesday official Iraqi approval of a proposal by league Secretary-General Amr Moussa to help draft Iraq's constitution.

In a letter, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zibari welcomed the proposal to participate in Iraq's political process, Arab League sources told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

Moussa had earlier sent a letter to both Iraq and the United Nations saying the Arab League encourages the Iraqi political process "in all its details".

Moussa is presently trying to select a legal expert as the Arab League's envoy to Baghdad to confer on the constitution.

The Iraqi parliament has until August 15 to adopt a draft constitution, which will be put to a nationwide referendum by mid-October. If approved, it will be the basis for new elections in December. dpa ye pb ds

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