Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa on Monday said he expects the Baghdad Arab summit slated for May to be postponed.
He explained that the GCC countries had called for the cancelation of the summit in protest at the Iraqi government's position on the way Bahrain is handling pro-democracy demonstrations.
He added that Arab foreign ministers will hold a meeting to reschedule the summit, calling upon them to also consider the nominations submitted by Egypt and Qatar for the position of secretary general, which will become vacant on 15 May.
He pointed to a “legal search” for the appointment of the next secretary general, for which the Arab League Charter provides.
Egypt has nominated former diplomat Mostafa al-Fiqqi, while Qatar has nominated Abdul Rahman al-Attiyah, former secretary general of the GCC.
Al-Fiqqi is rejected by the revolutionary forces that overthrew former President Hosni Mubarak, but the Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Monday supported his nomination.