No Support for War Against Iraq
U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney, returning from 12-country, 10-day trip to the Middle East, failed to get support for U.S. military action against Iraq.
Numerous Arab officials spoke out against U.S. threats and warned against any possible attack.
"What Washington wants the Arab world to endorse is an attempt to overthrow a sovereign nation's legitimate government in the name of terrorism," the Qatar English-language newspaper The Peninsula said in an editorial, the day after Cheney met the country's leaders.
In Lebanon, President Emile Lahoud told an Iraqi delegation that Lebanon "utterly rejects that Iraq be singled out for any military aggression, and said he hoped the upcoming Arab summit would produce resolutions that "foster Arab solidarity."
During his stop in Yemen, Cheney was told that Yemen opposed any U.S. military action against fellow Arab nation Iraq for fear it would undermine regional stability. An adviser to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said "We don't want more oil on the fire."
In Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Abdullah told ABC News "I do not believe it is in the United States' interests, or the interest of the region, or the world's interest, to [attack Iraq]. "And I don't believe it will achieve the desired result."