Saudi Arabia calls for halt to ‘all forms’ of intervention in Iraq


In a statement after its weekly meeting, the Council of Ministers, chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, emphasized that Iraq’s sovereignty and independence must be protected. “The Cabinet called for a halt to all forms of intervention in the internal affairs of Iraq and encouraged national reconciliation among all Iraqi groups,” Culture and Information Minister Iyad Madani said.

The Cabinet expressed its satisfaction over the efforts being made to put together the new Palestinian unity government. “We hope these efforts will lead to lifting the suffering of the Palestinian people with the support of the international community, and confronting Israel’s tyrannical practices,” it added.

Referring to the international conference in Baghdad, the Cabinet hoped that the one-day meeting would complete the steps to achieve national unity and create equality among Iraqis in rights and duties.

King Abdullah later held talks with Masood Barazani, president of Iraqi Kurdistan, who is visiting the Kingdom.

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