2 Arab Nations Deny Reports of Plans to Oust Iraqi Leader

The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and Egypt, meeting in Cairo, denied reports Tuesday that they were seeking a safe exile haven for President Saddam Hussein of Iraq in order to avert war. But they seemed to leave the door open to a possible military coup. Prince Saud al-Faisal and the Egyptian foreign minister, Ahmed Maher, were at pains to insist that Iraq's future was in the hands of "the Iraqi people." "Both Saudi Arabia and Egypt agree that changing any political leadership should come from inside the country and not from outside," said Prince al-Faisal. (New York Times)

2003-01-22 00:00:00

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