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Powell welcomed the Saudi initiative and said the time may be ripe for a more active role by Arab and Muslim countries based on the handover of sovereignty to Allawi, along with the approval of a UN Security Council resolution that gives legitimacy to his interim government.
"They now have a sovereign government that is up and running," Powell said. "Based on that, there will be more intensive discussions on the basis of the Saudi initiative to see if more countries are willing to provide support."
Arab and Muslim troops should not be sent to Iraq unless the occupation forces withdraw," JANA quoted Gadhafi as saying in a statement. He also said that a United Nations resolution was also needed to sanction sending these troops to the war-torn Arab country