|Baghdad (NINA)- Most prominent topics on Tuesday's daily press were the impact of cleric Muqtada al-Sadsr's call to end armed activities of Mehdi Army in all provinces, as well as the Arab Summit Conference, concluded in Damascus recently.
Sadr call's reflections
Al-Sabah said Prime minister Nouri al-Maliki has welcomed Muqtada al-Sadr's initiative of calling Mehdi Army's militants to end armed clashes with security forces, while Iraqis have received the step with relief, hoping a soon end for the tense situations in Baghdad and other mid and southern Iraqi provinces. The paper highlighted Maliki's assertion that military operations will continue in Basra "until eliminating all criminals and put an end to their terrorist activities."
Under the headline "Sadr City recovers after 6 bloody days," Azzaman said life was almost back to normal pace in Sadr City district of Baghdad, following six days of constant clashes between Mehdi Army fighters and joint Iraqi-US forces, during which, hundreds of victims have fallen. However, the district was kept secluded as a ban on vehicles movement is still valid, preventing many students and civil servants from reaching schools, universities and working places.
Al-Mu'tamar reported, according to a source at Maliki's office, that PM al-Maliki is still in Basra province and that he would not return to Baghdad "until reassuring Basra residents of securing their city."
Over Iraq's participation in the recent Arab Summit Conference held in Damascus, al-Mada said in a headline "Iraq criticizes Summit's concluding statement." The paper cited that Vice-President Adil Abdul-Mehdi, who headed the Iraqi delegation to the Summit, acquainted Monday President Jalal Talabani with the conference's outcome and contacts Abdul-Mehdi made during the conference. /End/