Baghdad (ANTARA News/Xinhua-OANA) - Iraq will not invite non-Arab countries to attend the Arab League summit in Baghdad slated for March 29, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki`s office said in a statement on Sunday.

"Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki rejected the idea of inviting non-Arab countries to attend Baghdad Arab summit," Maliki`s office quoted him as saying during an interview with Iraq`s Afaq satellite channel.

"There will be invitations for international and regional organizations, but we do not see any reason to invite non-Arab countries," Maliki said.

Earlier, Baghdad said it had completed its preparation for the summit and was ready to receive the Arab leaders.

Iraq sees the summit as a significant milestone in its history that would lead the country to play a powerful and positive role in the Arab world. (*)

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