Saturday May 27, 2017

Maliki and Erdogan Phone Argument over Iraqi Standoff

Stop Fundamentalism - Baghdad Television reported about an argument between Nouri al-Maliki and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the phone about Iraq’s political crisis today.

A source told Baghdad TV today that a phone conversation between the two country’s prime ministers went soure when Erdogan tried to talk to Maliki about Tareq al-Hashimi’s terror allegations and the way he treats his Deputy Prime Minister, Saleh Al-Mutlaq, both Sunni Muslims from Iraqi bloc.


UNAMI Head Calls for Dialogue amid Iraq’s Political Upheaval

Stop Fundamentalism – UNAMI invited Iraqi political parties to use dialogue as the means to resolve the current political crisis in the country. Meeting with Iraq’s parliament speaker, Osama Al-Nojaifi, Martin Kobler, called on all sides to “find common ground in the spirit of partnership” based on Iraq’s constitution. 

In a statement released following the meeting on Monday by United Nations Assistant Mission in Iraq, the Head of the mission, Martin Kobler, who also serves as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy to Iraq, supported the idea of a national conference to resolve the situation.


Iraqia Bloc Rejected Conciliation While Maliki is in Power

Stop Fundamentalism – A spokesman for the Iraqi bloc told Asharq Alawsat that while Nouri al-Maliki is still the Prime Minister, no national agreement can be reached.

“Any congress meeting to achieve a national unity will not be realized while Maliki is still the Prime Minister,” said Haidar Al-mulla, Iraqi bloc spokesman, in a phone interview with Asharq Alawsat Tuesday.


Iraq - At Least 60 Feared Dead After Baghdad Bomb Raid

Stop Fundamentalism – A series of bomb attacks on Thursday may have claimed the lives of at least 60 innocent civilians in Iraq following a raid this morning. 

The explosions that have occurred in mostly Shiite populated areas in Baghdad would certainly help further the sectarian divide in the country.

Only a week past America’s official depart from Iraq, this war torn country stays ravaged by bomb attacks and governmental power struggles.


Iraqi PM Will Meet US Delegation on Conditions; Crisis Continue

Stop Fundamentalism – Iraqi authorities told the news media yesterday that a Delegation from United State including a number of Members of US Congress arrived in Baghdad to discuss the current political crisis in the country.

At the same time Adnan Al-Saraj, a government official close to Nouri al-Maliki told Asharq Alawsat Newspaper that the Prime Minister will only meet the delegation on the condition that it will not discuss the current crisis over Mr. Tariq Al-Hashimi, Iraq’s Vice-President.

Maliki also is asking the US not to make another visit to Iraq without advance notice and official agreement.


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