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Al-Maliki: Iraq Rejects Foreign Intervention in Syria

Feb 27, 2013

BAGHDAD, (SANA)-Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki affirmed that his country rejects the foreign military intervention in Syria, calling on foreign players to be "more rational" regarding the Syrian issue.

"If the world didn't agree on supporting a political solution to the crisis in Syria through dialogue, then I wouldn't see a light at the end of the tunnel," al-Maliki said in a statement to AP on Wednesday.

In this regard, al-Maliki warned against the outbreak of sectarian wars in the region in case the opposition which fights against the Syrian government achieves victory.

"In case the opposition wins, there will be a civil war in Lebanon, divisions in Jordan and a sectarian war in Iraq.. this will create a new haven for al-Qaeda which will destabilize the region." he added.

Iraqi Transport Minister: Turkey and Qatar Are Blocking Peaceful Solution in Syria

Iraqi Minister of Transport, Hadi al-Amiri, stressed that Turkey and Qatar have blocked all the efforts seeking a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria.

"Ankara and Doha are supporting the armed opposition and arming jihadist groups in Syria, including Jabhat al-Nusra that is linked to al-Qaeda in Iraq," al-Amiri told Reuters.

He considered Turkey's open supply with money and arms to al-Qaeda in Syria as "a declaration of armed action against Iraq" because these arms will certainly reach the Iraqis' chests.

The Iraqi Minister reiterated that "Turkey and Qatar's support for the armed opposition in Syria amounts to a declaration of war on Iraq, which would suffer the consequences of a conflict that becoming increasingly sectarian next to it."

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