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Iraq says nothing new from Arab summit on Syria

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's foreign minister says this week's Arab summit in Baghdad will issue a resolution on Syria that offers "nothing new" but will complement international efforts to end the conflict there.

Hoshyar Zebari told a news conference after a meeting of Arab foreign ministers Wednesday that a "marriage" between Arab and international proposals on Syria was likely to force the Syrian regime and its opponents to implement peace plans.

The ministers are offering recommendations on Syria for the Arab heads of state meeting Thursday. These, according to a draft copy obtained by The Associated Press, include calling on President Bashar Assad to implement a cease-fire and let in humanitarian aid. Zebari said the summit will not ask Assad to step down.

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