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A general view of the participants from 22 Arab countries at the Interim Arab Parliament's gathering that opened on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006 in Damascus, Syria to discuss the hot issues on the Arab arena, mainly in Iraq and Palestinian territories and to discuss ways of achieving a broad Arab reconciliation. Other topics to be discussed by Arab parliamentarians in their meeting are freedoms and democracy in the Arab world, developing plans and strategies submitted by Arab countries to handle the issues of youths, women and social affairs in general, and ways of achieving economic and commercial integration among Arab countries.

(AP Photo Bassem Tellawi).