Iraq demands Arab states end ‘silence’ over Syria

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari. (AFP)
Updated 14 April 2018
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Iraq demands Arab states end ‘silence’ over Syria

  • Iraq has called on Arab states to reject any “aggression” against Syria
  • Iraq has adopted a policy of self-exclusion since Haider Abadi became PM in 2014

BAGHDAD: Iraq has called on Arab states gathered in Riyadh to reject any “aggression” against Syria, noting that the silence in response to threats facing the country will open the door to similar confrontations elsewhere.

Riyadh is hosting the 29th Arab summit on Sunday amid threats by US President Donald Trump to carry out airstrikes on Syrian regime sites in response to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons against his people.  Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari told reporters outside preparatory meetings for the summit that Iraq does not support airstrikes against Syria and considers the US threats as an intervention in its internal affairs.

“These type of weapons, and this kind of clumsy policy cannot avoid repercussions and effects,” Al-Jaafari said.

Iraq has adopted a policy of self-exclusion since Haider Abadi became prime minister in September 2014. Since then, it has refused to line up with any of the countries involved in the conflict and has been keen to act as a mediator to ease tensions.

“Iraq is calling for a united stance to reject any aggression against Syria. It is the Syrian people who choose their political system,” Ahmed Mahjoub, a spokesman for Iraq’s Foreign Ministry told Arab News from Riyadh.

“The crisis in Syria, Yemen and Libya can be solved by dialogue, away from arms, conflicts and international disputes. The approval to strike Syria may affect other countries if it is met with silence,” he said.


Two Palestinians killed by Israeli army in West Bank clashes: health ministry

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Two Palestinians killed by Israeli army in West Bank clashes: health ministry

NABLUS, Palestinian Territories: Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in clashes near a flashpoint religious site in the occupied West Bank overnight Wednesday, the Palestinian health ministry said.
The health ministry said Raid Hamdan, 21, and Zaid Nouri, 20, died after being shot late Tuesday by Israeli troops near the Joseph Tomb’s religious site close to the Palestinian city of Nablus.
The Israeli army said explosives were hurled as Jewish worshipers visited the site late, with troops opening fire on the assailants.