Iraq, Russia Oppose Foreign Interference In Syria, Middle East
October 10, 2012
Iraq and Russia are opposed to foreign interference in Syria – Premier al-Maliki
NOVO-OGARYOVO, Moscow region: Russia and Iraq have agreed to make efforts to prevent instigation of outside interference in developments in the Middle East and in Syria, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has said.
“We have agreed to avoid such scenarios as far as the settlement of the Syrian crisis without any foreign interference is concerned and to support the mission of the new UN/LAS envoy,” he said after talks with President Vladimir Putin.
He stressed that Russia and Iraq reached an understanding “that should amount to seeking and finding a peaceful settlement to the Syrian domestic crisis that would fully satisfy the entire Syrian nation.”
Additionally, an understanding was reached at the talks regarding the need to make efforts for the democratic and free development of peoples in the Middle East using peaceful means and “doing the utmost to avert instigation, avoid foreign interference in the affairs of the region and prevent various scenarios of military solutions.”
Speaking of his visit to Russia, the Iraqi prime minister said that all the talks “fully reflected the willingness and readiness of both sides to move forward in building up the entire complex of bilateral interaction.”
He said progress was achieved in such sectors as oil and gas, investment cooperation, transport and political processes.
National Iraqi News Agency
October 10, 2012
Maliki from Moscow: Iraq will not become part of the fire near its borders with Syria
Baghdad: Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, said that Iraq will not become part of the fire near its borders with Syria.
In a speech on Monday, Oct. 8, in a round table conference organized by Foreign Affairs Magazine attended by Russian Foreign Undersecretary Michael Bogdanov, Maliki said that Iraq, after having experienced past sectarian commotion that some countries tried to export to Iraq, began taking balanced steps in establishing relations with all countries.
He added, “after the blows extremist organizations received, unfortunately they have revived in some countries.”
Maliki went on saying, “We reject the principle of interference in others’ affairs and reject attempts by some countries to stretch into other countries. Iraq will not become part of the flaring fire near our borders in Syria.”
Maliki arrived in Moscow before noon Monday, Oct. 8, in an official visit to Russia on the invitation of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin.
In statement to the press before leaving Iraq, Maliki said that he will conclude agreements and memos of understanding with the Russian side dealing with armaments and energy, clarifying that armament agreements will be for combating terrorism.
Maliki pointed out that Iraq meets with Russia on the necessity to find a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis.
In his visit, that will take him to the Czech Republic too, Maliki is accompanied by a delegation consisting of the ministers of Oil, Trade, Electricity and Defence, in addition to a number of officials.