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Malaysia: Islamic Nations Should Consider Sending Troops to Iraq
VOA News
05 Jul 2004, 13:47 UTC

The chairman of the world's largest Muslim organization says he thinks Islamic countries should consider sending troops to Iraq to help stabilize the interim government now in place there.

Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Monday that Muslim countries near Iraq are perhaps best-suited to send peacekeeping troops. But the head of the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference said he has not heard from fellow members whether they would like to participate in such a multi-national Islamic force.

Mr. Abdullah gave no indication that Malaysia would send troops to Iraq, but did say his country would like to participate in the Iraq's reconstruction.

Kuala Lumpur was a strong opponent of the U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.



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