Wednesday, October 28, 2020
banner
Home /  Gulf  /  Iraq must not be dragged into another regional war: President

Iraq must not be dragged into another regional war: President

Iraq must not be dragged into another regional war: President

AFP
London
Iraqi President Barham Saleh said Wednesday his country must not be dragged into another conflict in the Middle East, as tensions rise over its neighbour Iran.
“We have had four decades of challenge and turmoil. We do not want to be embroiled in another war,” he said at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs think-tank in London.
“We cannot afford our country to be dragged into conflict.” With tensions high between Iran and the United States, Saleh insisted his country would not become “a staging post for belligerents”.
“We are asking everybody to cool it down... enough is enough,” he said.
“We do not want to be a victim of a conflict in Middle East. We have not finished the last one,” the Iraqi president added, referring to the US-led war on terror and battle against the Islamic State militant group.
“It is in our national interests to have good relationship with Iran,” he said, whilst adding: “The US is a very important partner for Iraq.”