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Barham Saleh Rejects Attack on Saudi Arabia

Barham Saleh Rejects Attack on Saudi Arabia

Thursday, 26 September, 2019 - 09:15
Barham Saleh, Iraq’s president, speaks during the 2019 UN General Assembly. Bloomberg

Iraqi President Barham Saleh described the targeting of oil and other facilities in Saudi Arabia as a “severely alarming development,” stressing that Iraq’s security was “intricately tied to that of the Gulf.”


Warning that the repercussions of the attack could be “disastrous”, Saleh called for a solution based on the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of the countries and added that the regional situation was “dangerous and portends catastrophic consequences.”


The Iraqi president was speaking on the second day of the high-level meetings of the 74th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.


On the situation in Iraq, he noted that his country was about to embark on important positive endeavors.


“There are positive turns in Iraq which we have not seen previously, with a bright future ahead,” he remarked.


Saleh emphasized that stability in Iraq was “valuable and important”.


“We must not take it lightly. Rather, we must work on entrenching it. And we expect our neighbors and the international community not to make Iraq pay for their own disagreements and conflicts,” he said.


Asserting the importance of the military victory over ISIS, he warned that there were still “terrorist remnants that are trying to reorganize themselves.”


The Iraqi president went on to say that international and regional agreement was important for the continued stability of his country and for combating extremist and terrorist ideologies.


“But the most important task required right now is that of reforms in order to secure good governance for our citizens, to combat corruption and to offer work opportunities for our youth,” he stressed.


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