Sunni Arab States Wary of Role for Iran

[Financial Times-UK] The so-called "moderate" Arab states are as reluctant as the White House to give Tehran and Damascus a larger role in resolving the Iraq conflict. Troubled by the rising influence and nuclear ambitions of Shia Iran in a largely Sunni Arab world, Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia are desperate to limit Tehran's power in Iraq. Arab officials say that giving Tehran and Damascus a greater role in containing Iraq's civil war risks further emboldening them. Riyadh, Cairo, and Amman also want to shore up the pro-Western Siniora government in Lebanon and derail Syrian-backed efforts by Hizballah to bring the government down.

2006-12-01 01:00:00

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