Iraq: UN chief to attend Arab summit in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's top diplomat says United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon will attend the annual Arab League summit meeting scheduled for later this month in Baghdad.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Wednesday that Ban accepted an invitation "just a few days ago."

U.N. deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey in New York would not confirm that Ban will attend the gathering.

The three-day annual meeting of the League's 22 member nations is set to convene in Baghdad for the first time since 1990.

It originally was scheduled for the Iraqi capital last year, but political unrest across the Mideast, combined with concerns about Iraq's security, delayed that until now. The Arab League summit meeting is set for March 27-29.