Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, who doubles as general commander of the armed forces, chaired on Saturday a meeting with the military and security top brass to discuss the preparations for the Arab summit.
The prime minister instructed the leaders of the security services to tighten the security measures and do their utmost in order to be prepared for any eventuality, a statement by the government said. The meeting reviewed the measures relating to the guarding of the Arab leaders and delegates who will attend the summit; it also assessed the latest developments of the domestic situation in Iraq.
The meeting gathered acting Defense Minister Dr. Saadoun Al-Dleimi, National Security Advisor and chief of staff of the armed forces as well as senior police officers.
Earlier today Iraqi President Jalal Talabani stated that all arrangements for the summit, due here on March 29, are complete and the stage is set for it.